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Elise Moreau

Would You Pay to Watch YouTube? Google Plans to Introduce Paid Subscription YouTube Channels

By January 29, 2013

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It's hard to believe how far YouTube has come since it was first founded in 2005. In just a few short years, YouTube has become a leading source of entertainment for a lot of people.

But would you pay a small monthly fee to watch great content from a professional YouTube channel? Google thinks there's a good chance you probably would.

According to a report by AdAge, Google is taking the next steps toward motiviating content producters, ramping up viewer traffic and getting more advertisers on board by introducing a new paid channel subscription service.

Word on the street is that subscriptions will cost between $1 and $5 per month. It's expected that the first paid channels will be run by bigger online media companies, like Maker Studios (which I'm personally a huge fan of), that already manage several successful YouTube channels.

The new paid subscription channels could launch as early as this spring. Slowly but surely, the invisible line that separates traditional television from Internet television will eventually disappear completely.

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