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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?