Re: So I would have to pay just to watch machinima?
You are mis-reading. Google is merely giving the option for partners/directors to offer channels or videos up for subscription, not forcing everything to go pay-for. It would be up to the partners to decide whether or not they want to go subscription based.
Given the fact that many have made their massive subscriber-bases on the free and sometimes ad-supported model so doubt they would push for the pay model. If anything I see the higher profile channels like Vevo offering something in the pay model. -- I swear, some people should have pace-makers installed to free up the resources. Breathing and heart beat taxes their whole system, all of their brain cells wasted on life support.-two bit brains, and the second bit is wasted on parity! ~head_spaz