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Youtube To Start Offering Video Subscription Service This Week

Youtube To Start Offering Video Subscription Service This Week

You had to have expected this, right? With YouTube investing millions of dollars to equip producers with the tools necessary to create actual channels on the service that people would bother to subscribe to, Google was simply laying the foundation for YouTube to become something greater than a repository for weird cat videos and low-quality phone uploads. Instead, it wants to hop on the bandwagon that Amazon and Netflix are riding, where online natives are creating top-notch content for mass consumption.


Reports are suggesting that Google is planning a video subscription service for YouTube, with around 50 paid channels to be announced this week. Reportedly, the company is: "looking into creating a subscription platform that could bring even more great content to YouTube for our users to enjoy and provide our creators with another vehicle to generate revenue from their content, beyond the rental and ad-supported models we offer."

It's likely that premium content would be offered here -- stuff that could easily air on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon. Viewers would be charged around $1.99 per month, which is far lower than rivals, and the vast majority of stuff on YouTube would remain free. Mostly, this subscription model would likely allow it to funnel original conten to viewers who care to pay for such things, without changing the fabric of what makes the site special. Something tells us they'll have a hit on their hands.
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I'm pretty interested to see where this goes. I would have even opted for a "YouTube Plus" sort of account where you get to skip pre-roll ads and things like that. In fact, I think I would have preferred that over subscriptions to individual channels, but I might change my mind when I actually see what those channels are.

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RWilliams:

I'm pretty interested to see where this goes. I would have even opted for a "YouTube Plus" sort of account where you get to skip pre-roll ads and things like that. In fact, I think I would have preferred that over subscriptions to individual channels, but I might change my mind when I actually see what those channels are.

You and me both. I get the ads they have to generate some revenue since running Youtube can't be cheap but a low subscription cost to get rid of ads wouldn't be a bad thing but like you said it depends on what channels and stuff to make it worth it.

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You don't need to watch ads. Just download a browser extension/add-on called Ad-Block (for free). No more 30 second previews or pop ups from youtube. Also works on other streaming websites as well with the exception of Hulu.

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Good to know. Usually I just see the ones that say skip in 5 seconds so its not a huge bother but when you do get the 30 second ads its annoying.

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My initial thought to this idea is "Oh no... Dear lord no...." But I'm reading your guys' comments and thinking about it... I think that this might actually be a really good idea in some cases. Think about it. Your favorite youtuber gets a bunch of money to increase their content output and also its validity and quality. How cool would that be? Granted, a lot of people would have trouble with this, and wouldn't really handle it that well, but there are those that would really benefit from it.

Anyway, I guess I'll have to form a more stone opinion once I actually see this...

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They already get revenue from youtube and many get more from all the merch they sell... They have no need for this.

TV shows on youtube however would be a different story. I would pay five bucks per game of thrones episode. No ads, HD, no bullshit. Though youtube is not at all reliable enough as far as their buffering goes.

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