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Report: YouTube Preparing To Launch Paid Subscriptions

     
6:58 pm on Jan 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

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YouTube is prepping to launch paid subscriptions for individual channels on its video platform in its latest attempt to lure content producers, eyeballs, and advertiser dollars away from traditional TV, according to multiple people familiar with the plans.

YouTube has reached out to a small group of channel producers and asked them to submit applications to create channels that users would have to pay to access. As of now it appears that the first paid channels will cost somewhere between $1 and $5 a month, two of these people said. In addition to episodic content, YouTube is also considering charging for content libraries and access to live events, a la pay-per-view, as well as self-help or financial advice shows. Report: YouTube Preparing To Launch Paid Subscriptions [adage.com]
4:29 am on Jan 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Watching anything off of Youtube is a huge PITA and they make it worse by restricting what you can access via mobile devices - including the AppleTV.
4:41 pm on Jan 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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This strikes me as premature. There's nothing I watch on YouTube that I would pay even $1/month for. I would just find free channels instead, or do without.

This is the sort of model I've wished cable could offer for years. I'm part of a growing segment that has dropped cable altogether, opting to watch stuff on Hulu or DVDs instead. Youtube doesn't offer what even Hulu does. I just don't think it's time for this yet. YouTube needs more exciting content first.
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Thanks to G choking off our business keywords for their own adspam use, I just shut off my cable TV service. So, who's gonna be left to subscribe to more of their tentacle services? They just effectively cut off their own customers. If we were allowed the place we pioneered on the web without being muscled out, the whole wheel would keep going happily around. Gotta love that don't be evil line.
12:59 am on Jan 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

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SyFy channel here I come!
1:04 am on Jan 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Let me rephrase that :)

The only thing I can think is....SyFy channel here I come! Can't wait to see what you are going to put out with minimal cost associations and user based interactive data to back you up. Im sure you have learned allot already with the Blood and Chrome pilot :)
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You can't stop progress it seems. Either get on board or get left behind. The world in general seems to be turning into a more selfish, cut throat "ME" type personality and things like Youtube only seems to intensify this type of behavior. "Everybody come look at me and see how special I am!" Hey, if you can charge a $1 a month and someone will pay it, I say go for it.