YouTube to launch paid subscription channels soon

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



1. dashax10

Posts: 15; Member since: May 06, 2013

no thanks

15. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Everybody saw this coming. Everybody.

16. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

This will be short lived and a failure.

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

6. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

9. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

10. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

3. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

what's next pay to search on google?

7. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

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

4. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

That's Right Bitches ..... Money Talk and Bulls**t Walk ....

5. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Daaaamn! (Meme)

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

12. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

14. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

17. reindeer_nation

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 31, 2013


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