YouTube launching subscription VOD service?

YouTube launching subscription VOD service?
According to a new report, YouTube may be considering a subscription VOD service for its most popular original content.

Most likely, this means ad-free videos from 'YouTube Originals' content makers.

If accurate, the service would be similar to the new YouTube Music Key, which gives users free unlimited streaming from Google Play Music in addition to access to select ad-free music videos on YouTube for $9.99 per month.

The move would make sense in the ongoing content wars as rivals continue to offer lucrative deals to poach hitmakers.


Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Mar 2015 18:33
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  • diggum

    I think claiming a paid Youtube video service translates into ad-free original content is naive. That's just not how capitalism works.

    And let's be honest here, this is Google: The company who ruins virtually every IP they get their hands on, either through acquisition or in-house development. Tons of promising ideas have failed in this company because they don't have the slightest idea how to structure their development cycles in a professional manner. Youtube itself is a case study in fixing what isn't broke.

    The other Elephant in the room is Netflix. AD itself recently reported that Netflix is in a full 36% of US households. That's not just success, that's approaching medium standardization. Netflix is the VHS of the new streaming media age and it's WAY past time all of these greedy little studios figure this out. Every little service in the world can't charge their own $15 a month fee to use their limited-by-design product. The product as a service model is limited by the sheer number of services popping up. Standardization is imminent and Netflix has a lead Google can't hope to compete with.

    22.3.2015 14:15 #1

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