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The reason you probably want YouTube subscriptions (even if you don't know it)

0. phoneArena posted on 02 Feb 2013, 17:50

A couple days ago, we heard the news that Google was looking into adding subscription plans to YouTube, and that such subscriptions could go into effect as soon as this spring, around April. Not surprisingly, quite a few of you were very resistant to the idea, and felt that when something starts out as free it should stay free (or ad-supported as it were). But, we've been thinking about it, and we think we know why you actually do want YouTube subscriptions, even if you don't know it yet...

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posted on 04 Feb 2013, 18:26

46. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

It's called an "editorial".

Everyone was reactionary when paid YouTube subscriptions were rumored. The point is to get people to stop and think about the topic and not just have a knee jerk reaction.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 15:13

23. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

Nope. Still don't want them. I don't want cable tv either.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 23:54

35. andynaija (Posts: 988; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Why's everyone hating on Michael I thought y'all used to love him for his good articles?

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 01:32 1

36. pongkie (Posts: 655; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

It's not about hating Michael it's the paid subscription everyone do not like. Since Michael wrote this article he has to defend it.

If this payment system is applied to PA, let say all Michael's article needs a subscription of $1 a month without the adds on the side then he will loose a lot of readers. People will just go to other sites and the PA community we used to know will fall apart. And that same goes with YouTube.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:30

40. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

As I said, only the biggest content creators can go to a paywall system. That's why you only see it with the likes of the Wall Street Journal and NYT. You aren't going to see a paywall on PA, CNET, Engadget, etc, because it would kill too many views. The same will be true on YouTube, only the biggest channels will be able to successfully monetize from paid subscriptions.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 18:22

45. pongkie (Posts: 655; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

You're contradicting yourself on your comment #38.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 19:00

47. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

I don't think so, because "the biggest" is relative. For news, the biggest means WSJ or NYT, but for YouTube, the biggest means Machinma and Jenna Marbles. Even if smaller cable channels move over to YouTube, we're still not talking about major content creators, those are still going to go with cable, Netflix, and Amazon first.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 12:15

43. Droiddoes (unregistered)

>micheal h
>good non biased or relevant articles

pick one

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 19:02 1

48. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Having an opinion doesn't mean bias. Not listening to others opinions is bias.

I see nothing irrelevant about this topic, and as I said before, it's mean to start a discussion (which it has succeeded in doing).

You don't have to agree with what I've said, but it helps if you have an opinion, rather than just trolling.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 10:58

49. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Droiddoes, lolioslol, billybuttpounder, and opensourceftw are all coming from the same IP address, so it's all just one guy or one group that's trolling.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:13

37. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

the subscription model will turn out to be a disaster for individual channels. However, it may be a good way for TV networks to get some additional revenue off people that dont subscribe to premium cable/satellite packages, that may be interested in just a couple of channels they cant get and pay for them a la carte. As long as this subscription thing is left just to that (and for s**tty individual channels I would never want to hear from again like Ray William Johnson, Pewdiepie, etc.) then Im fine with that.

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