YouTube to launch paid subscriptions to video channels

Get ready for YouTube pay-per-view: the online video service is planning to launch paid subscriptions for individual channels on its video platform, reports AdAge. "The first paid channels will cost somewhere between $1 and $5 a month," and YouTube is also considering charging for "content libraries and access to live events, a la pay-per-view, as well as self-help or financial advice shows."


  1. this is just one of the things google can monetize on. they’ve got the audience, and if it will cost you 1-2$/month to watch quality programming whenever you want then why not. basically, tv on demand (which exists but you have to have cable) without paying for cable. pick your own 2-3 channels, pay 5$/month and it’s done. you want to cancel, then you just click on the cancel subscription button and done. no need to make a phone call or go through some process. easy.

      1. mmm, competition ($1 seems too high a minimum, 50 cents seems more reasonable for the most basic of content.  Payable in Google Credits to avoid the credit card fees, I’d imagine).

        1. It’s not just youtube pay channels (but this doesn’t help at all), but also include netflix, hulu, hbo, spotify, nfl, showtime, the movie channel, starz, encore, epix, playboy, nyt, magazines, comics, etc

          I celebrated the day I got rid of cable TV, but I sure am going to miss their one price convenience.

    1. It would be too embarrassing to admit up front that they’ll be monetizing the Faceplant Channel and the Pec Bounce Network.

  2. I’m a bit confused about the “content library.” It kind of sounds as if anyone who has videos uploaded could charge subscription fees if it pans out.

    1. I imagine it’s more meaning, TV series X gets its whole run uploaded to YouTube. $1/episode or $whatever for a whole season or $$whatever for the whole package.

  3. Hulu and Roku boxes already provide access to this sort of programming, don’t they? Why not youtube?

  4. One, no porn or nudity allowed. Thats all, that is reason enough. Also it will be funny when a premium page of videos is all copyright locked by some goober.

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