Thursday, May 9, 2013

Google Launches YouTube Subscriptions

This should be big hit with the anti-IP crowd.

YouTube has just announced that starting today, they are 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.  Sesame Street will be offering full episodes on their paid channel when it launches and UFC will show classic fights. Most of the other channels, 39 in all, are not familiar to me.

Once you subscribe from a computer, you’ll be able to watch paid channels on your computer, phone, tablet and TV.

Says Google:
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. 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. You’ll be hearing more from us, and them, as we get creator and user feedback and build out this exciting offering.   If you’re a YouTube creator interested in building your own paid channel, you can learn more here.

1 comment:

  1. TYT "Plus" is on the list. I don't watch the free version. Not sure what the "Plus" is... the same stupid shit but piled higher and deeper?