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YouTube will make future original programming available for free

By Shawn Knight · 6 replies
Nov 28, 2018
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  1. YouTube is shifting strategies with regard to its approach to original programming. By 2020, YouTube’s original content will be available for free to all users.

    The move, which comes three years after launching its paid subscription service, means YouTube’s original content will be available to an even wider audience. YouTube is calling the strategy its “Single Slate” as it’ll combine ad-supported and subscription programming into a single initiative.

    That’s right, the paid Premium service (formerly YouTube Red) isn’t going away. Initially, some original programming like season two of The Karate Kid spin-off Cobra Kai will remain behind the paywall. Free users may have staggered access to original programming while paying members will get binge-ready helpings. Premium members may also get access to extended cuts of films.

    In related news, The Hollywood Reporter also claims that YouTube will scale back its scripted output starting in 2020. One source called the pullback a “serious budget reduction.” A producer briefed on the matter said other platforms have had traction with scripted but YouTube doesn’t feel like there’s an opening for them.

    YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl, however, said it’s far too early to tell something that decisive.

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  2. Fernando GC

    Fernando GC TS Member Posts: 24   +10

    So for free but supported by adds? .. so like a regular TV ? Welcome to the future.
    Reehahs and kombu like this.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,134   +3,559

    Youtube = Free?

    Sounds like more of Bill Gates trying to re-invent the toilet .....
    no matter, it's still full of the same old stuff ......
    Digitalzone likes this.
  4. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Evangelist Posts: 1,044   +183

    Heh youtube still keeps bothering me about youtube red on my android phone and now my computer.
    I am coming too close to emailing the upper staff management there and cursing them out.
  5. kapital98

    kapital98 TS Maniac Posts: 321   +246

    Somethings work, some don't.

    Youtube Red has been a huge disaster. I don't know many who started using it. I don't know anyone who currently uses it.

    Anyways, youtube has far better ways to earn money than a paywall: Specifically, the layers of ads you will have in videos (timed ads in videos, sponorship plugs, etc...)
  6. YSignal

    YSignal TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +23

    Lol Cobra Kai is the only good show on red. Everything else is garbage. I subscribed for a free month just to watch Cobra Kai then quit.
    Reehahs and EEatGDL like this.
  7. Digitalzone

    Digitalzone TS Booster Posts: 92   +45

    Yeah, I always wanted pay to watch Logan Paul's vlogs.

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