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YouTube Launches VOD Service

images (16)Do you believe in paying for YouTube videos? The Google-owned web video giant certainly hope you feel that way. YouTube has rolled out a competitor for Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming video services.

YouTube’s new service currently targets about fifty of its nearly one million third-party content channels, with monthly fees starting at 99 cents per channel.

Launch channels include National Geographic, RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn TV, Magnet Releasing, “Seasame Street” creator Jim Henson Family TV, UFC, Mark Cuban’s HDNet, and BigStar Movies, and more.

In a statement, YouTube says that this is just the beginning of its content rollout:

“We’ll be rolling paid channels out more broadly in the coming weeks as a self-service feature for qualifying partners . . . We look forward to seeing how …  creators move ahead with a new way to reach the fan communities that made their channels a hit.”

How is YouTube going to fare with this new service, Insiders? Is it going to be a tough sell to try to persuade people to pay subscription fees?

[via Home Media Magazine]


8 Responses to “YouTube Launches VOD Service”

  1. Member [Join Now]

    That’s going to be a tough sell with so many people used to Youtube being free.

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    tinybrat [visitor]

    Google will look back on this day as the day their company started to go downhill. In the not too distant future, major execs at Google will be forced from their position, due to the idea that they should charge for content in which they already have paid commercials on. Its unfortunate that multi billion dollar companies are so damn greedy that they have to take something which is good for them, and good for consumers, and try to squeeze more capital out of it.

    In my mind, this is right up there with Netflix’s idea of seperating dvds by mail and streaming. Sure, on paper it sounds GREAT, but in the mind of a consumer, it SUCKS.

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    Jeff T [visitor]

    Nat Geo for 99 cents? Comcast charges their highest tier to see Nat Geo. I like the sound of this.

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    DarrellP [visitor]

    I would pay 99 cents for HD Net, I had it with Dish way back when it first started airing. Now I can get Bikini Destinations for free on my ROKU with the Man Channel. Nat Geo is another I would pay for, but paying individually for each channel could really add up.

  5. Member [Join Now]

    No mention of the endless amount of ads played on Youtube..
    Will we be hounded on the pay site, too?

    Remember, that’s how cable Tv started.. they promised no commercials…then shortly after….began the infomercials….. now good luck finding a channel on basic and extended pay TV (not HBO and the other premiums) without commercials…

    I rarely go to Youtube because of the overwhelming amount of commercials and ads.

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