Report: YouTube plans paid subscriptions

Videos on Devin Graham's YouTube adventure channel attract millions of viewers. (AP)

Videos on Devin Graham's YouTube adventure channel attract millions of viewers. (AP)

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Have you ever thought about paying to watch some of those hundreds of YouTube channels?

Ad Age reports that YouTube is asking some of its producers to create paid channels, and it’s kicking around charging users for access to live events, certain shows and content libraries.

YouTube has more than 200 music and comedy channels, 750-plus film and entertainment channels, more than 200 gaming channels and nearly 600 cooking and health channels, just to name a few of the categories.

Google, which owns YouTube, isn’t denying the Ad Age report. A spokesman said the company has “long maintained that different content requires different types of payment models.” In other words, “free” has its limits.

“There are a lot of our content creators that think they would benefit from subscriptions, so we’re looking at that,” the spokesman told Ad Age. The first paid channels reportedly would cost up to $5 a month.

According to CNET, the paid channels might be created by large producers such as Machinima, Maker Studios, and Fullscreen, whose current channels have already drawn in YouTube users. The paid channels could come as soon as April.

Which YouTube channels should be candidates for paid subscriptions, and would you be willing to pay for certain channels?

37 comments Add your comment


January 29th, 2013
5:12 pm


January 29th, 2013
5:27 pm

Nope. Way, way, WAY too many alternatives that do not cost a cent. Good luck on that business model. It might take a while to turn a dime.


January 29th, 2013
5:45 pm

I might be willing to pay for channels created by the big networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox) if their content included full episodes of programming, and/or special content, such as deleted scenes, bloopers, or episodes with commentary.

Same could be said for film companies, if they offered full-length films that can’t be found on DVD, aren’t aired on TV, and for those that did, animated shorts you can’t find anywhere. Especially the Censored 11.


January 29th, 2013
5:52 pm

I might consider paid if that did away with the ads but that’s certainly not going to be part of the business model…. Guess it’s so long YouTube…

fan of the abnormal

January 29th, 2013
6:25 pm

I have a channel & wouldn’t charge people to view it….

fan of the abnormal

January 29th, 2013
6:25 pm

in the words of the honorable Willie Dynamite….


January 29th, 2013
6:48 pm

HAHAHAHA, oh wait, you’re serious, let me laugh even harder HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


January 29th, 2013
6:56 pm

Enter your comments here


January 29th, 2013
7:56 pm

I’m a reasonably robust YouTube user … and have never seen a single thing on it I would remotely consider paying a dime for.


January 29th, 2013
8:20 pm

Sad days. One of the most successful sites on the Internet needs to find further ways to milk further money off of an already-struggling recession-recovering public.

Just sad.


January 29th, 2013
9:01 pm

Nope. I might pay for an ad free TV episode or movie channel in a genre that I enjoy. There aren’t any existing channels that I would pay for. Though I do wonder if the internet providers will allow the continued usage to view movies and TV episodes without hiking fees or limiting services to promote their cable packages.


January 29th, 2013
9:08 pm


January 29th, 2013
10:46 pm

Looks like folks here didn’t read the article. Nobody is saying YouTube will charge for access to its basic content. What they are saying is that there may be some premium content that would be charged for.

Think of YouTube like a cable network. It delivers videos well across a wide variety of devices. This is just an additional model, not a replacement for the existing model.

Native_Atlantan: seems to me that you are the one who wants to “milk” someone else. You want free content. Ever consider that the folks who go to the time and expense to make high quality content might want to be compensated for that time and money. Nobody is forced to use YouTube and believe it or not, it costs money to operate millions of servers and the network with enough bandwidth to deliver all of those videos. Do you work for free? Are you “milking” people when you look to get paid?


January 29th, 2013
11:44 pm


January 30th, 2013
1:13 am

NO I would not.

Joey M

January 30th, 2013
1:47 am

Maybe Obama can make a committee to review Youtube’s plans, make some laws, then pat himself on the back for a job well done.


January 30th, 2013
1:58 am

Ah so you mean do like Georgie Porgie with the “Mission Accomplished” sign on the aircraft carrier? GB almost broke his arm because the patting was so furious.


January 30th, 2013
6:27 am

Piney Woods Pete

January 30th, 2013
6:38 am

It’s now clear that the new requirement to register before being allowed to post in the sports blogs is – predictably – a huge bust, with the number of posts dropping off dramatically. So with page hits down so much, advertising revenues will bottom out, pushing the AJC that much closer to bankruptcy.

What a smart move by some idiot at the newspaper.

chicken soup with mushrooms

January 30th, 2013
7:19 am

Sure charge any obama lovers when see his channel a charge of 14.95 a month the rest zip..Oh if You tube charge 7.00 a year where movies be able have sounds like Boom Boom Geoffrien when they had raise his banner at montreal still Muted..wish remove it bring sound back!

outspoken 1

January 30th, 2013
8:09 am

I don’t really care. Within 6 months there will be a new one to take it’s place and yes, it will be a free service and could even be better. So come on YouTube bring on your demise.


January 30th, 2013
8:12 am

I pay enough for internet service now . I am not paying one red cent more.


January 30th, 2013
8:21 am

@Chicken soup with mushrooms:

What are you some type of idoit or something?. What on EARTH does Obama has to do with this Topic. THIS IS about YOUTUBE! HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO?

Obama is the President of the United States for four more years. IF it bothers you that much LEAVE THE USA and return when he leaves the office. GET A LIFE! Obama’s is not the ALPHA and OMEGA (Beginning and the End) GET OVER IT ALREADY!

Now to the topic.
My internet service bill continues to increase each year. Its stupid to pay more for something we already are being billed for. Last I checked INTERNET service is not free.

Sounds a little GREEDY to me. Thats why we already pay internet service which seems to go up every year.


January 30th, 2013
8:23 am


another IDOIT! GET over yourself. Obama is the PRESIDENT OF THE USA! That is NOT GOING TO CHANGE. My god I cant believe how much you people whine and Cry for crying out LOUD!

Rick Day

January 30th, 2013
8:45 am

No. I detest the commercials already. Someone will start a new You Tube for free and YT will go the way of MySpace and AOL.

Lionne Lu

January 30th, 2013
9:01 am

I watch all kinds of videos on youtube. I would not pay. There are too many other places to see content.

a. reader

January 30th, 2013
9:02 am

@icanread – erm… nice try.

Matt the Brave

January 30th, 2013
9:18 am

So, they’re going to be Hulu now? That might work, but it’s already been done. Also, remember the time that the AJC tried to do that for the blogs? Didn’t work out too well for them.


January 30th, 2013
9:49 am

Yes, I would if they had FOX, NBC, CBS, ESPN, Showtime, HBO live airing.

I am tired of paying over $120 a month on cable when I only watch 5-6 channels. If the YouTube services let you choose specific channels. I am all up for it.

Big Corps Blow

January 30th, 2013
9:50 am

Youtube has been going down hill ever since the start of google takeover. Like everything big corporations touch, it’s turning to $hit.

Peach Buzz

January 30th, 2013
10:05 am

These money grabbers forget the reason YouTube is so popular is because it is FREE !!! Nobody would ever pay for that garbage.

chest fever

January 30th, 2013
10:22 am

The Internet has taught me that all entertainment content is free, as long as I’m willing to put up with the occasional virus or malware. I’m not sure, but I think that if there’s any money changing hands, it’s from the advertisements that I never look at.


January 30th, 2013
10:26 am

Next thing you know Burger King will want to charge us for having more than 1 napkin, or more than one packet of ketchup. This is crazy. When people stop watching youtube they will change their mind.


January 30th, 2013
10:51 am

Google always needs more money. Like they don’t have enough. Maybe folks should stop GOOGLE-ING. I use Yahoo to search… and also Smart Page, which is very private.


January 30th, 2013
11:42 am

@blkshepherd Don’t get your panties in a wad, we all know who the Commissar in Chief is.

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February 4th, 2013
5:15 pm

What’s the big deal? Republicans are paying Rush and Glenn millions$$$$ each year for access to their con men garbage. The Republican Entertainment Complex is full of con men and women that make money off folks who CAN’T afford cause they are too stupid to know any better.