You may remember a recent blog in which I consigned this to the rumour mill. Well I’m not too proud to admit, but yes, I was wrong and as I chow down on my humble pie, I will leave it up to you to decide if this latest move from the world’s leading video platform is a good thing or not.
Starting on May 9, YouTube launched a pilot program for a small group of partners that offers paid channels with subscription fees starting from $0.99 per month. According to YouTube, every channel will have a 14-day free trial, and many will reportedly offer discounted yearly rates.
Fans of Sesame Street will be able to watch full episodes on their paid channel when it launches. And UFC fanatics can see classic fights, like a full version of their first event from UFC’s new channel.
There will undoubtedly be many more of these channels springing up all over at YouTube and for those of you who are keen to spend a little more to secure premium streaming content, you can look here http://www.youtube.com/channels/paid_channels for a list of pilot channels. Once you subscribe from a computer, YouTube assures us we will be able to watch paid channels on our computer, phone, tablet, TV and more. For the full breakdown of this momentous announcement and other exciting YouTube news, you can jump onto the YouTube Blog via this link.