DailyTech reports YouTube may add a subscription model for paid content like full-length TV shows and films:
YouTube is now eyeing a paid content platform as well that would see users paying a subscription fee to view longer full-length TV shows and films. Google's David Eun has said that some full-length programs won't be available to it with its current ad revenue sharing program.
Eun told Reuters, "We're making some interesting bets on long-form content; not all content is accessible to us with the advertising model."
The monthly subscriptions to YouTube service would be similar to how cable companies operate and YouTube is looking into movie rentals like Apple and Amazon offer. So far, the video sharing site has not signed any major content partners for rentals or other longer form content types. Short clips of shows from partners are available on the YouTube platform.
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Re: YouTube to add subscription model? by Anonymous on Thursday, December 17 2009 @ 11:24:54 CET
As long as they don't add the subscription videos in the searches of non subscribing users, i am fine with it. If they did, it would piss so many people off that migration to other video sites is inevitable due to "you must subscribe to the payed service" message when you visit a link in the search that would annoy people to no end.