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YouTube to launch paid subscription channels soon

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YouTube to launch paid subscription channels soon
According to the Financial Times, YouTube is to launch its paid subscription channels very soon. The new service has been rumored for quite some time now, but it looks like the wait is finally about to end. The publication claims that there will be about 50 different 'specialist' channels offering paid content, but we guess many more will get added to the list as time goes on (and as YouTube sees that the model is working).

It also turns out that the price will be quite affordable, with prices said to be starting at 'as little as $1.99 a month'. However, 'starting at' does mean that there will be more expensive packages, so it'll be interesting to see exactly what we're going to get for $1.99 a month and for the more expensive options.

Apparently, Google has confirmed its interest in offering paid content on YouTube, but hasn't directly confirmed the upcoming announcement. Of course, Google's take on all this is that paid subscriptions will allow content creators to bring even better videos to YouTube, and that's something users will be happy to pay for. Who knows?! It may or it may not work. Many entities have tried to revolutionize TV and transform it into something a bit more '21st century', but to no avail. Will YouTube prove to be just as stubborn as good old TV? Hopefully, we'll know soon enough!

via: Engadget

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posted on 06 May 2013, 05:06 6

1. dashax10 (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 May 2013)


no thanks

posted on 06 May 2013, 14:17

15. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 187; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Everybody saw this coming. Everybody.

posted on 06 May 2013, 15:30

16. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


This will be short lived and a failure.

posted on 06 May 2013, 05:13 6

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 972; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Mark my words, Google is turning into a money hungry monster. YouTube ads are already so annoying, if the awesome channels get converted to paid then I am moving to MS camp for good.

I mean, in future if they give liberty so that users can make their channels paid, those who are hugely popular will immediately switch to make more money.

posted on 06 May 2013, 06:04 1

6. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


*cough* Chrome + AdBlock *cough*
But yeah Google is just another enormous greedy money hungry corporation, but everyone is just as bad as one another. It's a greedy game.

posted on 06 May 2013, 06:25 2

9. eisenbricher (Posts: 972; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


It's true, there are ways. But Google don't promote them. They have already removed all the adblockers from play store. So apparently they want you to see ads. For the rest I'm totally agree with you.

posted on 06 May 2013, 06:21

8. tech2 (Posts: 2476; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


It can be true but it can also turn out to be very different. For example, imagine watching all your tv shows coming to youtube like GOT, BBT etc.

Although those shows are available on selected channels in few developed countries but they are not always accessible for under developed countries. At least not immediately once they are aired.

posted on 06 May 2013, 06:26

10. eisenbricher (Posts: 972; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


That might be a good idea. Exclusivity for limited time, that is.

posted on 06 May 2013, 05:17 10

3. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


what's next pay to search on google?

posted on 06 May 2013, 06:07

7. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


"Over night, Google are reporting a sudden increase of profit of almost $100 BILLION DOLLARS."

posted on 06 May 2013, 05:30 1

4. funnyguy (banned) (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


That's Right Bitches .....

Money Talk and Bulls**t Walk ....

posted on 06 May 2013, 05:51

5. kirholstov (Posts: 137; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Daaaamn! (Meme)

posted on 06 May 2013, 07:02 2

11. FlushGordon (unregistered)


If I want paid content I can just torrent the stuff that I fancy...

Paying some subscription just to see a lame @ss Youtube vlogger rant or perform some unfunny skits? NO THANK YOU

posted on 06 May 2013, 07:30

12. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1044; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


i really hope Google see that this isn't gonna achieve them any good and that it will dent their image but

posted on 06 May 2013, 12:32

13. shuaibhere (Posts: 1679; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


People here have no idea of what this goin to be...as said in article google has control of which can be paid channels and which cannot be...
so no need to worry...it's step forward in direction of making youtube A replacement of TV

posted on 06 May 2013, 13:51

14. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Yeah. I don't expect crappyvloggivemoneypls to become a paid channel. At the very least, the channels they pick should be good. Who knows, maybe they'll even through in a few legitimate cable channels (they already have deals with some of them for Fiber's TV, which is already fairly affordable).

The other thing is that we don't know if said channels are paid-exclusives. It might just be an option to take off ads for some channels.

posted on 06 May 2013, 20:39

17. reindeer_nation (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Scroogled.

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