YouTube to reportedly offer two subscription services before the end of the year

By midian182 ยท 7 replies
Aug 31, 2015
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  1. YouTube is reportedly working on two new ad-free subscriptions services that may be available before the end of this year, according to The Verge.

    The first of these is a streaming service called Music Key that offers high-quality, ad-free music and music videos. An invite-only beta version has been available since November, and anyone who got on the testing program will be offered the service at a discounted $7.99 a month when the full version launches (down from the normal $9.99).

    There has been mixed reactions from the music industry to the imminent launch of Music Key; while some sources say they welcome the service, others have questioned how much of a priority it will be to Google and YouTube. As some of YouTube’s deals with major record labels are set to expire in 2016, many believe the company will offer up the lucrative Music Key service as an incentive for the labels to re-sign. Many music companies complain that despite YouTube being the largest music streaming platform in the world (45 out of the 50 most viewed YouTube videos of all time are music videos) the company still does not pay enough to artists and those who represent them for using their music.

    YouTube’s second reported subscription offering is an as yet unnamed service that will offer ad-free content and the ability to store videos offline on mobile devices. It will also let premium creators put some of their videos behind a paywall so that only subscribers can view them. Sources say that creators will be required to partake in the subscription offering or every video on their channel will be set to private. It’s believed that this service, expected to priced around $10 a month, may eventually offer category-specific subscriptions such as for children’s programming or gaming, should it perform well.

    Even with 1 billion monthly viewers and after making $4 billion in revenue in 2014, YouTube still hasn’t become a profitable business. The company will likely be hoping its two subscription services will change this - and do so without alienating its audience.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Sign me up for the completely free one, I'd rather pay for AdBlock.
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  3. GreenArrow

    GreenArrow TS Enthusiast Posts: 52   +34

    remember that the majority of YouTubes traffic comes from Mobile now, and there is no easy way of ad-blocking an app.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I know, I've tried, with limited success. Fortunately for me I very rarely consume multi media on my mobile for that very reason, my desktop has those tasks covered and it's often more advantageous to not follow the crowd.
  5. kuroiei

    kuroiei TS Enthusiast Posts: 93   +31

    Funny. I thought the next big announcement from YT would be "we finally fixed our flash / html5 gimmicky player that crashes your browser almost every time you try to watch a movie on Linux!". Must be next in queue.
  6. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    But all the free music I need is already uploaded to youtube by regular old users.
  7. Geforcepat

    Geforcepat TS Booster Posts: 140   +16

    Bah! should just leave it alone. it's not you tube if ya have to pay for it. I don't think this will go over well considering you tube has been free for over a decade.
  8. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 330   +100

    I really expect this to fail as soon as it starts, with backlash just like paid Steam mods. I personally don't think nearly much or any at all content on YT stands against the content I find on Netflix.

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