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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:51 AM

YouTube Set to Introduce Paid Subscriptions This Spring

A new chapter in online video is about to begin. YouTube is prepping to launch paid subscriptions for individual channels on its video platform in its latest attempt to lure content producers, eyeballs, and advertiser dollars away from traditional TV, according to multiple people familiar with the plans.

YouTube has reached out to a small group of channel producers and asked them to submit applications to create channels that users would have to pay to access. As of now it appears that the first paid channels will cost somewhere between $1 and $5 a month, two of these people said. In addition to episodic content, YouTube is also considering charging for content libraries and access to live events, a la pay-per-view, as well as self-help or financial advice shows.

It's not clear which channels will be part of the first paid-subscription rollout, but it is believed that YouTube will lean on the media companies that have already shown the ability to develop large followings on the video platform, including networks like Machinima, Maker Studios and Fullscreen. YouTube is also looking outside its current roster of partners for candidates.

more..http://adage.com/article/digital/youtube-set-introduce-paid-subscriptions-spring/239437/

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AsahinaKimi Jan 2013 OP
leftyohiolib Jan 2013 #1
thelordofhell Jan 2013 #2
Crowman1979 Feb 2013 #3
davidpdx Feb 2013 #5
Robb Feb 2013 #4
AsahinaKimi Feb 2013 #6
kentuck Feb 2013 #7
AsahinaKimi Feb 2013 #9
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #8
Crowman1979 Feb 2013 #10

Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:03 PM

1. eventually you'll be paying for the air you breathe

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:04 PM

2. Interesting that they mention Machinima...........

Vacas gained prominence online as a top-ranked hunter in World of Warcraft, a video game he has played for more than seven years. He began making YouTube videos last year, mostly of him joking around with other players and commenting on World of Warcraft and other games.

It wasn't long before Machinima, a multichannel YouTube network that specializes in video game content, came calling. The network offered him a partnership: It would put ads on his videos, and he would get a cut of the revenue generated from those ads. It sounded pretty good to Vacas, so he signed a contract with the company in November 2011.

But the devil was in the details: After signing with Machinima, he learned the company would own the rights to whatever content he made for the rest of his life and beyond, "in perpetuity, throughout the universe, in all forms of media now known or hereafter devised." Not only that, but his contract with the network was open-ended. There was no point at which it was set to expire.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2013-01-10/news/battling-youtube-for-money-and-creative-control/

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:18 AM

3. YouTube better be ready to join MySpace on the internet junk heap.

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Response to Crowman1979 (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:17 AM

5. I tend to agree with you

But as the old saying goes "nothing is free"

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:21 AM

4. I'd pay for feature-length movies on YouTube.

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Response to Robb (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:26 AM

6. You can already do that on Youtube.com

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:29 AM

7. It's beginning....

more and more newspapers are starting to charge for viewing also. Free Internet may not be long for this earth.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:40 AM

9. A couple of the Japanese newpaper on line services are

already charging for their services. Asahi being one. You can only look at a few articles and not in full details. For that you have to purchase a subscription.

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:39 AM

8. YouTube has to improve their streaming if they want people to pay

The YouTube video player is not very good, I frequently have to pause the video and wait for it to buffer because the video loads so slowly, the picture quality is usually not very good either. It is not my internet connection because I can consistently stream from Netflix and a number of other sites and get really high quality picture without any lag, but YouTube videos work fine sometimes and other times they take forever to load. If they improved their video and got some high quality original programming I may consider a subscription, but they need to improve their technology because other sites have much better video players than they do.

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:00 PM

10. If this means the end for those no-talent YouTube celebrities (i.e. Shaytards, Onision, etc.)

Then I say good riddance!

In the meantime, I'm don't to download as many bootleg concert videos from YouTube as much as possible before that website starts asking for money.

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