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Google preparing to roll out paid subscription channels on YouTube

By Jesse
May 6, 2013
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  1. Google is preparing to roll out a paid subscription service for some of the specialist video channels on YouTube. According to the Financial Times, people familiar with the plan have said that it will apply to as many as 50...

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  2. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Booster Posts: 374   +69

    That is lame, I can't think of any channels worth paying $1.99, however pay per view might be something I would like. Maybe movies at 1080p, I don't know.
     
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  3. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 862   +225

    I think it's a great idea, pending the channels.
     
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  4. Do not understand how this will work
    You will start to see people pirate Google videos :|
    re uploading them on YouTube itself or other locations
    and its a two edged sword the channel owners themselves who want as much people watching their content will lose people who wont pay and wont watch
     
  5. danhodge

    danhodge TS Rookie Posts: 80   +13

    People are reading this totally wrong, even though this article is perfectly written to stop people from doing so.

    They aren't making your run of the mill Youtubers subscription based. This wont affect PewdiePie, Yogscast, Machinima or the gamestation (for now, anyway), but instead will be for TV/films. Things which you previously couldn't access on Youtube, because it got removed for copyright.

    So, to round up, the only subscription content will be new content. Noone loses out on anything, and if you are willing to spend the (lets face it, pretty small) fee each month, you have a Netflix-like service. Except most likely inferior to competitors...
     
  6. So did Facebook years ago, and its still a free soul taker ;)
     
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,085   +715

    Maybe not now, but think what this could start.... the general public has been waiting for a la carte cable subscriptions for a long time. Right now it's just a couple channels, but if they work out maybe next we'll see some of the bigger cable channels on there, like Discovery, Nat Geo, TBS etc. ESPN would probably be last since they usually have huge contracts with Directv and the like. But maybe someday we could get all our TV like this.
     
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,001   +1,502

    Sounds nice, but if the subscription still throws advertisements in your face, I won't be interested. I'm not gonna pay to watch the damn things. I would however pay to get rid of them.
     
  9. Screw youtube, you already have money up your A**, stop wasting time. You don't need this freakin tax, I do videos of MUGEN and I don't want to have to pay some shitty tax.
     


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