There was speculation that YouTube’s paid subscription channels would happen later this week, and now they’re here. The channels are 99 cents, will have two-week trial periods, and some will have special deals if you pre-pay for a year. The channels look pretty basic: there seems to be a channel for all the genres: comedy, cooking, sports, movies, kids, the usual. It looks like 53 channels are on the board to choose from. Now…how will these channels get noticed? It looks like you can at least visit their page and see the “subscribe” trailers, and some content is free. But anyway, paid channels are here.
YouTube’s Paid Subscription Channels Have Arrived
Here’s a screen-cap look at some of the new paid channels (the full page is here):
What do you think? Is this a strong start for YouTube’s paid subscriptions, or do you feel like there’s so much free content on YouTube you won’t ever have to subscribe to these particular ones?
UPDATE: Looks like they’ll start at 99 cents, and “average” around $2.99 a month. Also, creators will be taking 45 percent of the subscription fees. The new subscription service tools will soon be open to everyone, and also creators can decide whether they want ads on the videos or not.