It should come as no surprise that after attracting millions of content creators and billions of viewers, Google is developing new ways of monetizing YouTube. Starting today, the company is introducing a pilot program for a select group of partners. These contributors are offering paid channels with subscription fees starting at 99 cents per month. Each channel comes with a 14-day free trial, and some include discounted yearly rates, which is very similar to how Google offers magazines in the Play Store.

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Sesame Street is one of the partners included in the pilot program and will offer full episodes through their paid channel. UFC will offer full replays of classic fights. National Geographic, The Young Turks, PGA, and many others are already included on the list of paid channels available. More partners will be able to adopt the service in the weeks ahead.

While the specifics are new, the creation of paid channels comes as no surprise. An update to the YouTube Android app earlier this year all but confirmed that pay-to-view channels were on their way. Now that they're here, do you plan on subscribing to any?

Source: The Official YouTube Blog

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  • Krisztián Kelemen

    i would pay for not having ads everywhere, even ads before ads... unfortunately, it's not the case here, but i hoped it is :(

  • Thomas’

    Depends on two things:
    1. Will my favorit channels will create a premium channel?
    2. Will Google allow me to spend my Euros on content? Currently everything is "not available in your country".

  • Alex

    A big NO

  • Phill_S

    Sigh, Docurama is the one I would actually pay for on impulse and it isnt available in my country.

    Hopefully this rolls out more with a bunch more interesting channels, I want this to be a success but it just doesnt appeal to me right now.

  • Samuel Hart

    Yes, if there were no adverts.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I'd pay for premium channels from cable, but only if I can have all the ones I want and drop cable altogether. Think Starz, HBO, AMC.

    Actually, I'd probably pay for the ones that I can cross off cable one-by-one but only if they're cheaper, as using a cable box and a remote is more convenient and uses a faster pipe compared to using a media PC and Wi-Fi.

    • Freak4Dell

      I'd pay per channel, too, but only if it actually saves me money. If I'm still going to end up spending $30 or $40 a month (which is what the TV portion of my FiOS package comes out to, roughly), I may as well just stick with my cable package and enjoy the knowledge that I have 300 channels I don't watch, but can if I choose to.

  • McLean Riley

    Someone else said it best: What we decide now will pave the way for the future. Do not pay for these channels.

    • Joshua Barta

      This is still a far better model than cable or satellite...

      • McLean Riley

        We are so far from dropping cable companies. If we do, they'll just raise the internet pricing to match what cable was. I'm not saying I wouldn't like to drop cable because I definitely would. I only use about 30 channels, too bad all those channels are extra add ons to premium, but I don't see youtube as a competitor for a few years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Delltar Ivo Stružinský

    This could make it possible for many hig-end YouTube content creators to throw some serious money in their production and add pretty high production value, but still allowing everyone with means to create good enough content to create and publish it on their own and get audience.

    Availability outside US is second thing, Google should really press hard to make it possible to distribute content globally. It's the Internet dammit.

    • Darkbotic

      "Availability outside US is second thing, Google should really press hard
      to make it possible to distribute content globally. It's the Internet

      I agree.

    • CeluGeek

      "...Google should really press hard to make it possible to distribute content globally. It's the Internet dammit."

      Sadly that doesn't seem to be the case.
      "This paid channel isn't available in your country. Sorry about that."

      That's what I get for ALL paid channels.

  • Babs Oyed

    This would be be for me only if I can select favorite channels

  • disk Latvia

    I guess people will start pirating YouTube videos now

  • Not always on #dealwithit

    Good thing I don't subscribe to any of those paid channels since they're all crap to begin with and if they want to charge for people to see their rubbish then more power to them but I rather follow the youtubers that actually make good content.

  • logan

    even though I'm able & willing to pay, I can't.
    google should fix payment method first, for all country.

    this will probably have the same fate as paid app in google play..

  • Alexey B

    Nothing too interesting on there so far... There isn't even a regular National Geo on there is an expensive Kids version...
    Paid channel
    $3.99/month or
    14-day free trial •
    No advertising

    • GraveUypo

      cars.tv is 1.99/month and uh, i still think that's expensive for ONE channel.
      not to mention that channel looks very meh :P

  • GraveUypo

    i don't see a good side to this. it's one step too far for the biggest video sharing network in the world.

  • didibus

    I like this idea, as long as you can unsubscribe and resubscribe at any time. I envision youtube having all the channels available, some for free, some paid subscription, I wish they also added one time payment for rental of a particular clip. This would give me a lot of freedom to pay for exactly what I want, when I want, without hassle. Oh, and obviously still having a ton of free content.