YouTube head thinking about paid subscription plans

The head of Google's YouTube division admitted this week that he is thinking about introducing some kind of paid subscription plans for the web streaming video service. Reuters reports that during the Reuters Media and Technology Summit on Thursday, YouTube leader Salar Kamangar said it was also considering charging a fee to watch some of the recently launched original content that YouTube currently offers.

Kamangar stated:

We don't have anything to announce now. It is something that's really important to a lot of our top existing content creators as well as ones that aren't on YouTube today, so we're taking very seriously and we're thinking about it very carefully.

YouTube first announced plans to spend money to launch a whole series of YouTube channels with original content several months ago. Rumors are that YouTube and Google have spent over $100 million to help fund these shows.

In a separate Reuters article, Kamangar said that YouTube was also considering a plan to offer small cable TV networks a way to feature their programming on YouTube for a subscription fee. Many of these cable networks have issues with small audiences or not being included at all in some cable or satellite systems.

Kamangar said, "I see those kinds of networks becoming available in the future on the Web and I see those becoming available in an a la carte basis."

Source: Reuters

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I would pay to remove all crap video content on youtube such as:
-> Spam videos
-> Misleading titles/thumbnails (vblogers/etc)
-> -> youtube.com -> browse = bull crap videos (vloggers,etc).

Chica Ami said,
Who would want to pay for streaming videos on youtube? =D

Me? I appreciate all the work a lot of the video creators do on youtube and regularly drop tips in their donation jars, or go out of my way to disable ad-aware on their channels if they are trying to make a living doing what they love.

Well gud fer you, but some of us can't afford to be as generous. perhaps you got too much cash on hand, in which others need it too.if i could donate i probably would.

Spencer R said,

Me? I appreciate all the work a lot of the video creators do on youtube and regularly drop tips in their donation jars, or go out of my way to disable ad-aware on their channels if they are trying to make a living doing what they love.

I'd rather see a monthly subscription for either a certain number of hours or unlimited watching of "premium" content over a-la-carte style. Purely due to the way I watch stuff paying for things individually would mean I'd need to keep track of what I've been watching. Price variations in shows etc could anger some people.

A variety of plans would maybe be helpful, or a way of creating a monthly topup like Skype - you can topup and use up the minutes.