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Some will be as low as 99 cents per month

YouTube is launching a pilot program for some of its partners that will allow content creators to offer paid subscriptions for their channels. 

YouTube said it's letting a small group of partners offer paid channels via subscriptions on its site. These partners are part of the partners program launched in 2007, which helps content creators earn revenue for their videos. 

Every channel with a subscription has a free 14-day trial, and many subscriptions are as low as 99 cents per month. Once a customer subscribes, they can view content from a computer, TV, phone or tablet. 

"This is just the beginning," stated members of the YouTube Team. "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.
“Just as the partner program empowered creators to take their channels to the next level, we look forward to seeing how this great community of creators moves ahead with a new way to reach the fan communities that made their channels a hit."

A couple of the channels with paid subscriptions will be Sesame Street and UFC. 

Source: YouTube

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Who is going to pay when...
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/10/2013 11:23:19 AM , Rating: -1
Half the time, people can't get a video to even stream properly, and you want them to pay for it? LOL

RE: Who is going to pay when...
By Reclaimer77 on 5/10/2013 11:31:06 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah I mean YouTube is entertaining, I enjoy many many channels. But the quality of the content is not something I would pay for to be honest.

Also some of the top draws have left YouTube due to their policies lately. Like RedLetter Media and Sfdebris. Now THEY I might actually pay for access to if I had to.

RE: Who is going to pay when...
By Spuke on 5/10/2013 11:40:44 AM , Rating: 1
Like everything else, you you like it, you'll pay for it. I wonder who these partners are. If one of them IS HBO, then I'm dumping my HBO subscription on DTV for sure.

RE: Who is going to pay when...
By AEvangel on 5/10/2013 11:47:33 AM , Rating: 2
Bryan Singer's H+ digital series is pretty good.

RE: Who is going to pay when...
By Reclaimer77 on 5/10/2013 3:08:21 PM , Rating: 2
Hey that is pretty good! Thank you.

RE: Who is going to pay when...
By FITCamaro on 5/10/2013 1:13:09 PM , Rating: 2
I think the idea is by offering a paid content model, perhaps networks will view Youtube as a way to put out content vs. Hulu or Netflix.

RE: Who is going to pay when...
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/10/2013 1:19:06 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, rated down for this? Absolutely PATHETIC. Must be some butt hurt people here.

RE: Who is going to pay when...
By hughlle on 5/10/2013 1:36:40 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. There are shows on the 4OD channel which i like to watch. To start with you have 3 sets of ad breaks of 3 or 4 ads each, and then half way through the viewing it will just stop buffering and playing and you are forced to refresh, and watch a whole new slew of ads. As such i then just find an alternative copy by a private user, most likely in violation of copywrite.

RE: Who is going to pay when...
By Solandri on 5/10/2013 11:48:41 PM , Rating: 2
Half the time, people can't get a video to even stream properly

Apparently the culprit is your local ISP or local caching server, not YouTube.

For very popular and/or high-bandwidth websites, the client-server model is a really bad idea. If everyone in the world tried to get their YouTube videos from YouTube simultaneously, or the news from CNN simultaneously, the servers would melt. Even the huge data pipes they have going into those server buildings would hit their capacity and loading would slow to a crawl for everyone around the world.

What they do instead is set up caching servers around the world. Sometimes your ISP does this. Sometimes it's done by a service like AWS or Akami. They're called content delivery/distribution services. These hold a cache of popular content like CNN or popular YouTube videos in multiple servers around the world. You search YouTube for a video, but the video itself gets streamed from the closest caching server.

Apparently some ISPs are pocketing your monthly fee as executive bonuses, instead of investing it into improving their caching service. Their caching server is overloaded, which results in slow video streaming. In these situations, if you can figure out and block the IP of the caching server, your computer will try to get the video from an upstream server or from YouTube itself.

RE: Who is going to pay when...
By someguy123 on 5/11/2013 8:08:44 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's a good idea as a separate segment. UFC has its fights up in a subscription model as one of their first partners, which is already standard subscription content regardless of youtube.

I see this being a terrible idea for regular channels, though. Hopefully people will understand that a gigantic majority of their viewers view because its "free", though I'm sure we'll see plenty of guys fall in viewership after getting greedy and shifting their videos to subscription only.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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