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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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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.

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