AdAge reports that the initial subscription costs would be between $1 and $5 per month. These channels would also have the option to show ads.
Right now, this effort is being billed as an “experiment,” but it’s one that YouTube reps have been suggesting for a long time. YouTube’s CEO Salar Kamangar teased the idea multiple times last year and noted during the Reuters Media and Technology Summit in June that it had “seen demand from from the kind of networks that have smaller audiences on cable.”
By effectively launching a-la-cart and pay-per-view options for consuming video content, YouTube would likely bring in more money from ad dollars and a cut of the subscription revenue.
“We have long maintained that different content requires different types of payment models,” a YouTube rep told Mashable in a statement. “The important thing is that, regardless of the model, our creators succeed on the platform. There are a lot of our content creators that think they would benefit from subscriptions, so we’re looking at that.”
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