YouTube Launching Paid Channel Subscriptions This Spring
Because Google hasn’t made an official announcement, pricing can’t be verified, but at the moment, it sounds as though subscriptions will be $5 or less. You’ll be able to subscribe to specific channels. There may be other paid options coming down the line, including early-access to specific videos and pay-per-view events.
Obviously, a paid subscription model is likely to start off small. Reports suggest that only 25 or so producers will offer paid subscription channels at the outset and the number will gradually increase. The rest of YouTube’s videos will remain free. However, ads are reportedly being considered, as well. It’s almost starting to sound like traditional TV, isn’t it?