Code in YouTube app on Android suggests paid channels coming

YouTube has evolved a lot since its acquisition by Google, and there seems to be plenty more activity to come from the world's largest video sharing website. The code inside the Android YouTube app gives a taster of what might be to come, as you can see below.

That says quite a bit in not many words. You pay your money, you see your content. As it is, there's a lot of corporate influence over YouTube, and Vevo is the most obvious example. If you'd like to see a music video there's a good chance the Vevo videos are what you'll see.

Rumors have been floating around since late January that YouTube is planning paid channels for sometime this spring. The concept was apparently in testing with some of the biggest networks on the site, including Machinima and Fullscreen. The code revision for the Android app only pours fuel on that fire.

There's no word on what channels might be paid. As it is, YouTube Partners get money based on video hits and AdSense, but that isn't to say they're going to start charging for their content. It could be this, or it could be more corporate channels. The entire topic is open to speculation, so let the theories run wild.

Source: Android Police

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