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YouTube viewers may have to pay for certain channels

Staff Reporter

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 00:02

Google is planning to release paid subscription packages for a number of YouTube channels which may go into effect this spring. Networks such as Machinima, Maker Studios, and Fullscreen are speculated to be on board according to Adage.com.


The subscriptions are rumored to cost between $1 and $5 per month. This will allow viewers to watch episodic content from companies that have found success on the video sharing site.


The students at Sam Houston State University have mixed opinions over the idea of paid subscriptions.

One student doesn’t think it will make it.


“It won’t go far,” junior student Joey Balderas said. “It’s a lot like what Google+ tried to do with social networking; it never picked up”.


The idea started back in December 2011, when Google first applied to put a patent on a server called Self-Service Channel Marketplace. The Self-Service Marketplace is an online store where users can pick and choose which channels they want to pay  subscriptions for.


Essentially, the paid subscriptions will work much like cable’s pay-per-view service in that users can pay for the right to view premium videos in each channel. The service that YouTube plans to implement will also allow users to utilize both automatic and manual renewal options, and will allow users to cancel at anytime.


According to the brief description of the patent from Faqs.com, the “content hosting system allows content providers to create channels of video content and make them available to users in a marketplace”.


Students had mixed feelings about whether or not they would pay for the subscription.

Balders felt that it was unnecessary to do so.


“Since most videos are available for free, I wouldn’t,” he said.


Another student had no problem with paying for the subscriptions out of convenience.


“I would pay. It’s convenient, so why not,” said freshman Kimberly Mendoza.


Jessica Mora said she would and understands from a business perspective.


“Time is money, so I don’t see the problem with it,” said Mora.

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