So the rumor I’m hearing is that YouTube is trying to offer paid subscriptions to certain TV channels in an effort to lure people away from traditional cable, which is pretty awesome.
An article from AdAge.com is saying that YouTube has reached out to a small group of channel produces 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.”
Now before you go crazy, YouTube will still be free when it comes to finding hilarious cat videos, funny clips from your favorite movie or TV show or even the channels you already subscribe to. What they are trying to do is to offer actual TV channels on YouTube and you can pay for whatever channel you may want, a type of “a-la-carte” way of paying for channels you will actually want to watch.
YouTube’s way of thinking is to try to lure the smaller cable company’s away from actual cable, trying to cut out the middle man between subscriber and access. This way, people can pay a cheap $1-$5 dollars a month for certain channel subscription’s and have to access to literally whatever channel they want.
No more useless channels that you never watch, you will have total control over what you are watching and getting the absolute most bang for your buck. I think it’s a pretty sweet deal considering how big YouTube has gotten and with a lot of TV’s starting to integrate wi-fi and YouTube into them, why not just do all your TV watching through YouTube?
The rumor is that YouTube is going to try and start offering this a-la-carte type of TV subscriptions this spring and i’ll be very interested as to what channels will be offered and how it will work out.
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