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YouTube officially announced a pilot program for pay channels on its blog. In a move that was widely anticipated, the company will charge per-channel subscription fees for certain content—starting at $0.99 per month per channel. The program is launching with a selection of 53 channels, including Sesame Street and UFC. The new pay channels offer a 14-day free trial and discounted yearly rates. The actual monthly subscription rate varies depending on the channel—for example, the Sesame Street channel is $2.99 per month.

 

 

YouTube is rolling out 53 new pay channels, with more to come

 

YouTube stated that partners and content creators asked for more flexibility in monetizing their content, and this appears to be one solution. Due to the tremendous reach and popularity of YouTube.com, there can be no question that à la carte viewing has arrived. Considering the service already supports 2160p video and live streaming, this could be a very big deal—especially for live events.

 

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"One of the most frequent requests we hear from these creators behind them is for more flexibility in monetizing and distributing content. We’ve been working on that and wanted to fill you in on what to expect." - YouTube

 

The company indicated the pilot program is just the beginning and that over time users will encounter more pay channels. The blog post also suggests that YouTube will push certain channels to users, presumably based upon their viewing habits.

 

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"This is just the beginning. We’ll be rolling paid channels out more broadly in the coming weeks as a self-service feature for qualifying partners. And as new channels appear, we'll be making sure you can discover them, just as we've been helping you find and subscribe to all the channels you love across YouTube." - YouTube

 

I recently wrote a piece about how YouTube declared victory over television and the challenges it faces with bandwidth and streaming quality. Has the time come for paid YouTube channels, or is the service still too unreliable?


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I don't see YouTube users as wanting to pay for anything wink.gif ,seriously though, this is too niche orientated to make money. Another sinkhole for Google to drop money into.

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A few interesting ala carte channels on the list hyperlinked from the written youtube blog. Think I'll try the "Laugh Factory" channel for two weeks.
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I think this is going to be the way. Today's young generation of kids is watching Youtube. Youtube is embeded pretty much everywhere in our TV, media players, tablets and smartphones. On my lunch, I browse Youtube myself. This could help cord-cutters and instead of having to go with a cable service provider, use Netflix, Hulu and 2 Youtube channels.

I see this being popular. Not right away, but soon enough.

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I think this is going to be the way. Today's young generation of kids is watching Youtube. Youtube is embeded pretty much everywhere in our TV, media players, tablets and smartphones. On my lunch, I browse Youtube myself. This could help cord-cutters and instead of having to go with a cable service provider, use Netflix, Hulu and 2 Youtube channels.

I see this being popular. Not right away, but soon enough.

I could tell you in no uncertain terms, I am not resubscribing to cable—but if YouTube starts featuring pay channels that cover some of the things that I miss, such as access to live sporting event broadcasts, then they will get some money from me.


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I could tell you in no uncertain terms, I am not resubscribing to cable—but if YouTube starts featuring pay channels that cover some of the things that I miss, such as access to live sporting event broadcasts, then they will get some money from me.



Agreed. I could see myself paying for sporting broadcasts coverage.
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I think this is going to be the way. Today's young generation of kids is watching Youtube. Youtube is embeded pretty much everywhere in our TV, media players, tablets and smartphones. On my lunch, I browse Youtube myself. This could help cord-cutters and instead of having to go with a cable service provider, use Netflix, Hulu and 2 Youtube channels.

I see this being popular. Not right away, but soon enough.

Another thing is that you're not forced to subscribe to the same channels. You can rotate them every few months if new content is being released slowly. Sub to channel A for a couple of months, then sub to channel B for a couple of months, then back to A when it has enough new content to last a few weeks or more. Or even unsub to everything during the summer if your not going to watch much tv. Very flexible for consumers and our wallet.
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Another thing is that you're not forced to subscribe to the same channels. You can rotate them every few months if new content is being released slowly. Sub to channel A for a couple of months, then sub to channel B for a couple of months, then back to A when it has enough new content to last a few weeks or more. Or even unsub to everything during the summer if your not going to watch much tv. Very flexible for consumers and our wallet.

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Agreed. I could see myself paying for sporting broadcasts coverage.

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I could tell you in no uncertain terms, I am not resubscribing to cable—but if YouTube starts featuring pay channels that cover some of the things that I miss, such as access to live sporting event broadcasts, then they will get some money from me.

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I think we need to give this some time and let Youtube (Google) gain some licensing on content and let the magic role. Especially Sporting Events biggrin.gif

The next question will have to go out to imagic - we will need you to add Youtube to your streaming service comparison to see how they stack up to the other contenders.

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As long as it stays cheap, they can make money, provided the bandwidth is there, and improves. Certain times the videos can't buffer fast enough and the video hangs. These cannot be a problem for paid channels.
I think I see what they are going to do: limit paid channels and provide them the bandwidth while free channels will suffer.
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I'm gonna check out the kids channels for my kids.
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I too no longer have been using cable for the last 3 years. If they get some good channels for kids, I wouldn't mind paying a fee.

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This is the future of TV. Pay only for the channels you want.
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Count me in along the hopefuls.Cut my cable cord years ago and happy about it,now if only data caps and faster broadband would be the norm everywhere, we could really be free from the cartels.

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