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Youtube Launches Paid Subscription Channels
A La Carte, Between $1 and $6 a Month
by Karl Bode 12:21PM Friday May 10 2013 Tipped by openbox9 See Profile
As had been predicted for some time, Google this week announced their new subscription a la carte video "channels." Under the new pilot program, users can pay anywhere from $1 to $6 a month for individual channels, providing many of these content creators an additional revenue stream to (presumably) fund raising the bar on some of YouTube's inexplicably popular dreck.

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So far there's about 53 channels for users to choose from, all viewable here. Under the new program, each channel subsription comes with a 14-day trial for consumers to determine whether or not the content is worth it.

Subscriptions cover viewing on computer, phone, tablet and TV, and Google hints at additional devices waiting in the wings (most likely video game consoles and other third party set top boxes). Some of the looming content is fairly mainstream fare, including Sesame Street and older fights from UFC.

While many justly have balked at the idea of erecting additional paywalls on the Internet, the idea could help smaller niche or struggling channels like Ovation that have been evicted from traditional cable TV lineups in order to save cable operators cash. It could also help fund original content that ultimately, if successful, could help expedite Internet video's ascension toward being a viable threat to cable television.

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patt2k

join:2009-01-16
kudos:1

not for me

if they get Fox Soccer (15$ on my provider fios) I would get in a heartbeat otherwise I don't even see at least 1 good channel. At least for me.
brianiscool

join:2000-08-16
Tampa, FL
kudos:1

1 recommendation

No thanks!

Why would I pay for these nobody channels?

FFH5
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

Re: No thanks!

said by brianiscool:

Why would I pay for these nobody channels?

Netflix and Amazon have started some original content offerings. But I just don't see Youtube(the land of crap videos) coming up with anything worth paying for.
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brianiscool

join:2000-08-16
Tampa, FL
kudos:1

Re: No thanks!

I ditched TV and now all I watch is Youtube. It is just weird how I enjoy Youtube now than cable T.V.
TurtleFan

join:2003-05-03
Wyckoff, NJ
exactly..I'd rather they make it so we could, I don't know, replace a video once uploaded? If Vimeo had had much eyes glued to it as youtube, I'd switch over instantly....

jazzlady

join:2005-08-04
Tannersville, PA

Not for me either...

Way too much kid crap, reality, and family oriented stuff for my taste.

Offer me FoodTV, History 2, the Cooking Channel, Travel, SyFy, AMC, and a few others I would go for it. But these stations look like a whole lot of garbage to me.

Thanks, but no thanks.
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en103

join:2011-05-02

If they carried something like

CBC - CBC Sports (not available in US), I'd consider it.
elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA

Another Non-Event

Google once again proves itself irrelevant.

alanhdsl
Premium
join:1999-10-09
Phoenix, AZ

1 recommendation

Ads?

The main reason I'd subscribe is to support a show I liked, while avoiding the ads. There's some shows on Blip.TV that I follow, and I've whitelisted it in AdBlock so the creators get paid, but I'd really rather subscribe.

However, if the subscription shows still have ads, what's the point?

hey hey hey

@charter.com

Re: Ads?

said by alanhdsl:

However, if the subscription shows still have ads, what's the point?

Do you pay for cable TV? Does it have ads?

intok

join:2012-03-15

Re: Ads?

said by hey hey hey :

said by alanhdsl:

However, if the subscription shows still have ads, what's the point?

Do you pay for cable TV? Does it have ads?

Cable TV was sold on the idea that there wouldn't be ads. Then they got greedy.

newview
Ex .. Ex .. Exactly
Premium
join:2001-10-01
Parsonsburg, MD
kudos:1
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Re: Ads?

said by intok:

said by hey hey hey :

said by alanhdsl:

However, if the subscription shows still have ads, what's the point?

Do you pay for cable TV? Does it have ads?

Cable TV was sold on the idea that there wouldn't be ads. Then they got greedy.

Bingo

At one time, back in the day, CableTV (at least in my area) had NO ads. That was the selling point.

And intok See Profile is exactly right ... they got greedy.
Albert71292

join:2004-10-31
West Monroe, LA

Re: Ads?

I keep seeing people say that cable had no ads at one time. Exactly HOW long ago was this? I first got cable in the early 1980's, when it became available where I live, and it had ads from the get go.

Been a "cord cutter" now for about three years. Not because of ads, but because of an extreme oversaturation of "reality" shows, and channels drifting from their original purpose.

newview
Ex .. Ex .. Exactly
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Parsonsburg, MD
kudos:1
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Re: Ads?

CableTV became available here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland about the mid to late 50s, due in-part to the horrible over-the-air antenna reception. At that time and for quite some time after ... there were NO commercials at all. The cable company even touted the lack of ads as a selling point for purchasing their service as opposed to staying with OTA.

Probitas

@teksavvy.com
Yep. Sub fees are gravy, their advertisers pay the freight. People are just too complacent about paying to watch advertising. Radio is still free, isn't it? That's my counter argument.
kaila

join:2000-10-11
Lincolnshire, IL

It's not for mainstream.....

but is potentially a good fit for long-tail content, and possibly channels culled from the cableco herd. I think for channels that focus content to meet the needs of a particular audience (however small), this is probably the only path to existence.
silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

1 recommendation

Internet Original Content

What is it with this awful original content these major internet companies have been pushing out lately? Amazon's original content is lackluster. Yahoo's is complete crap. And Google's isn't worth more than $.10.

Picking up upset viewers from cable companies and major networks has never been more ripe for the picking, and yet every internet company except Netflix keeps dropping the ball.
bugabuga

join:2004-06-10
Austin, TX

Weird combo

Where puppets are right next to pr0n channels :P I thought boobs were forbidden on YouTube? Though wouldn't be surprised if they made an exemption for paid channels
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Jeffrey
Connoisseur of leisurely things
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join:2002-12-24
Long Island
kudos:3
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Perception is wrong

This seems to be another instance of the company delivering what it thinks the customer wants vs what the customer actually wants.

The Youtube offering of unknown channels for a monthly fee is not something I'd even consider.
Rekrul

join:2007-04-21
Milford, CT

...

Didn't Google Video start out offering paid videos and then flop badly in the face of YouTube's free videos?
Os

join:2011-01-26
US
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Don't blame Google, blame the content providers

They probably went to the content providers, and they ignored them. The content providers aren't going to play this game, because it would begin their crumbling. Remember that Google has deals with all these providers now for Google Fiber, with the exception of AMC.

No legitimate channel is going to turn to this stream, because it breaks the model as we know it.

That's why the only legitimate channels here are the 7 .tv channels, and they're not even legitimate in the eyes of most people.

If it's not already part of programming contracts, I think it's very likely we will see it put into contracts that offering anything over-the-top will be considered a breach of contract.

carpetshark3
Premium
join:2004-02-12
Idledale, CO

Re: Don't blame Google, blame the content providers

I'd pay for a BBC channel with good scientific type documentaries. Or an archive of old Nova and Frontline. I can get current Nova and Frontline OTA and record.
djoropallo

join:2003-10-20
Maple Shade, NJ

Re: Don't blame Google, blame the content providers

said by carpetshark3:

I'd pay for a BBC channel with good scientific type documentaries. Or an archive of old Nova and Frontline. I can get current Nova and Frontline OTA and record.

Just an FYI, I get those on Amazon prime for free.

michieru
Premium
join:2009-07-25
Miami, FL

!

This is awesome. I would be looking forward to some interesting channels showing up in the next couple of months. National Geographic or Comedy Central would be nice. I do see National Geographic kids but that doesn't count.

ARGONAUT
Have a nice day.
Premium
join:2006-01-24
New Albany, IN
kudos:1

No Thanks, Youtube

I'm not seeing anything worth paying for. Not with that content.
rick0204

join:2009-05-20
North Bergen, NJ

More then the cable version?

Here TV is $7.99 on YouTube and on cable it is $6.99. I thought all these new channels were between .99 and $6.00?
elister

join:2006-07-17
Seattle, WA

Childrens Television Workshop

I would pay 5$ a month for Classic Sesame Street episodes, I would watch them over and over again with my daughter. Currently you can buy some episodes on youtube, but its nothing but the newer Elmo Generation ones, id rather watch the Jim Henson / Frank Oz era stuff. Netflix doesnt have much to watch for classic episodes, just a best of stream.

Also been dying to watch Electric Company or Mr Rogers episodes. Charge me 5$ a month, I'll watch em!

Suntop
Premium
join:2000-03-23
Fairfield, MT
Reviews:
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Re: Childrens Television Workshop

I rather watch those too. I dislike the ELMO only stuff. You do not see old stuff like anything to do with the Count von Count and I do not even see Barkley or Snuffy..... I miss the original cast I know a few of them are in Heaven but still like to see the shows that paved the way to good childrens TV.
IanR

join:2001-03-22
Fort Mill, SC

I checked the pricing...

I checked the pricing and quickly found one channel I use a lot, on my Roku and Google have doubled the price! Google needs to get real...

Hamby

@verizon.net

delivery issue?

Youtube quality is just not upto what I would pay for. This from a viewer with 5 3+ghz PCs on FiOS 35/35 ... don't think the quality issue is this end. Or will paid channels get higher QoS? And where does that precedent lead?

ASFSADFASDF

@comcast.net

You pay the service for uploading your own video

LOL!!!

dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
Premium
join:2001-04-27
Phoenix, AZ
kudos:4

Hmmmmmmm

Never heard of any of these.