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YouTube Introduces Paid Channels, Promises More

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YouTube has just launched a new pilot program for paid channels that allows “content creators to earn revenue for their creativity”.

Announced in a blog post yesterday, a few YouTube channels will start charging viewers with a subscription fee of US$0.99 per month.

“Every channel has a 14-day free trial, and many offer discounted year rates.”


Some of the channels that are involved in the pilot program include Acorn TV, National Geographic Kids, UFC Select and Comedy.TV.

“This is just the beginning,” added YouTube. “We’ll be rolling paid channels out more broadly in the coming weeks as a self-service feature for qualifying partners. And as new channels appear, we’ll be making sure you can discover them, just as we’ve been helping you find and subscribe to all the channels you love across YouTube.”

What do you think of YouTube’s new pilot program? Would you pay to watch videos from your favorite YouTube channels?

[via YouTube blog]
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