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YouTube Launches Paid Channels, Subscriptions Start at $0.99/Month

YouTube Launches Paid Channels, Subscriptions Start at $0.99/Month

Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:19pm by iClarified · 14326 views
YouTube has announced the launch of a new paid channels feature that lets content providers charge a subscription fee for access to their channels.

Starting today, we’re launching a pilot program for a small group of partners that will offer paid channels on YouTube with subscription fees starting at $0.99 per month. Every channel has a 14-day free trial, and many offer discounted yearly rates. For example, Sesame Street will be offering full episodes on their paid channel when it launches. And UFC fans can see classic fights, like a full version of their first event from UFC’s new channel. You might run into more of these channels across YouTube, or look here for a list of pilot channels. Once you subscribe from a computer, you’ll be able to watch paid channels on your computer, phone, tablet and TV, and soon you’ll be able to subscribe to them from more devices.

YouTube says it will roll out paid channels as a self service feature for qualified partners over the next few weeks. To register your interest in starting a paid channel you can fill out this form.

You can check out a list of the currently available paid channels here.

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Slasher - May 10, 2013 at 3:46pm
Don't know about people eating sh!t but can't say the same for you!
Googay - May 10, 2013 at 2:52pm
LOL the only thing that people would pay to watch is porn :)
Simon - May 10, 2013 at 9:41am
....I won't hold my breath for no geo-locking though, or worse, different pricing structure depending on what country you're in.
Mab - May 10, 2013 at 1:35am education nor entertainment for the poor
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Your Mom - May 10, 2013 at 12:34am
Im sorry but this is just plain stupid.
Justabrake - May 9, 2013 at 11:46pm
I don't think anyone wants another billing
Mab - May 9, 2013 at 10:19pm
Bravo...... Great idea...make billions! Congratulation!
John - May 9, 2013 at 8:55pm
I don't care as long as this maintains as an option and not something that they'll make you do to everything
Joe - May 9, 2013 at 8:37pm
I think that's pretty good, you'll get full episodes of things so its easier instead of searching for the next part. I hope they don't use ads for the Channels your subscribed to.
MrTheGuy02 - May 9, 2013 at 8:33pm
Youtube sucks for this.. First they add ads when people want to get rid of them. And now they make us pay?
MM - May 9, 2013 at 8:48pm
That's the dumbest thing I've ever read. So you don't want ads and you don't want to pay. So how the hell are they supposed to make money?
sam - May 9, 2013 at 9:04pm
youtube is a place where people upload videos to share with other people not for google to make money!!!
Macer - May 9, 2013 at 9:12pm
Ads aren't a big problem. In fact you can get rid of them Just download Adblocker to your Firefox or Chrome browser and you are ready to go
jesus - May 9, 2013 at 9:16pm
So you think it cost nothing for google to host those videos? Do you think they have a duty to host the content a a public service? They are running a business. The business of business is making a profit. Long term, this could be a good thing if the business model proves viable for commercial content. I would love to have the choice to buy TV content that I want by the channel, or even by the series, rather than buying a channel package from dish or cable that is mostly programming I have no interest in watching, just so I can get the 6 shows I want to see.
Chris - May 9, 2013 at 8:27pm
I actually think this is a good idea. Good on Google :)
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