CNET is reporting findings from the Android Police that code in the latest update of the Android YouTube app that suggests the paid subscriptions that are coming to YouTube might be coming very soon. We talked about these potential channel subscriptions a few weeks ago. I find this story interesting mainly because it’s funny how simple of a thing can basically break news. Simple code in a mobile phone app is basically telling us that we’re approaching the dawn of paid subscription services on YouTube. So what does this code say that makes it so?
Updated Android App’s Got A Secret, And It’s Keeping It Badly
From Android Police:
<string name=”paid_channel_subscribe_message”>You can only subscribe to this paid channel from your computer.</string>
<string name=”paid_channel_unsubscribe_message”>You can only unsubscribe from this paid channel from your computer.</string>
There it is, that simple line of code spewing what we knew was coming but now, perhaps sooner than later. Of course, it’s all speculation at this point. It confirms that the paid channels are coming but not necessarily when. Still, YouTube feels they need to be prepared for it now.
YouTube approached several creators to form a paid channel a few weeks ago. Which ones are still pure speculation at this point.