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As expected, streaming-media giant YouTube has announced the launch of a new paid service that allows users to subscribe to content channels for a monthly fee. "Today, there are more than 1 million channels generating revenue on YouTube," the company explained in a blog post on Thursday, "and one of the most frequent requests …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bring it on!

    This looks a bit like the à la carte TV programming that the cable and satellite companies have prevented us from choosing, thanks in part to their fears of losing advertiser revenue. I pay a chunk every month for 150+ channels of cack, whilst only watching less than ten of them.

    I'd happily pay for just those few channels. Still, it may have the adverse effect of forcing TV execs to stop churning out all those Simon Cowell inspired tard-o-thons.

    Monkey Tennis, anybody?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    oh boy

    Do you think NASCAR (or F1, etc) could make more running 1 channel per camera for every car-mounted camera in the race than they do with their current broadcast contracts?

  3. LinkOfHyrule
    Paris Hilton

    They need to start a porno service

    BlueTube anyone? Discretely billed to your credit card as "Android Personal Services"

    1. Great Bu

      Re: They need to start a porno service

      Perhaps sir is unfamiliar with or ........ (free too !)

      1. LinkOfHyrule

        Re: They need to start a porno service

        I have actually heard of the various 'naughty tubes' sites that are in existence, I just thought it would be nice for Google to get in on the act themselves, I don't remember them saying anything about "don't be sexy" or "don't be pervy" haha!

    2. Euripides Pants

      Re: They need to start a porno service

      Any "Android Personal Services" I get had damn well better come from a real, live android!

      Where's the sex robot icon?

  4. Trustme
    Thumb Up

    At last, the option to pay for You Tube instead of getting it all for free!!

    Seriously though, good content can be paid for, bad content won't sell (much), and it's a lot better to pay 99c and get the content legally from source than it is to bugger about trying to find it on a torrent, so thumbs up from me, at least for giving it a try.

  5. Select * From Handle

    Sign in to browse...

    I already see one problem youtube. The fact that it is better to sign out to use the website version of youtube... yesterday i was browsing youtube to try and see what was trending to possibly come across something comedy! but i was signed in to youtube... i was looking for about 15 mins to try and find the categories but i could only see what people had posted that i was following... i then figured that i would use a diff web browser that was signed out which allowed me to browse trends... so why would i ever sign in to use youtube..?

  6. Tom 35

    This paid channel is unavailable in your country.

    Your not in the US, nothing to see here...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: This paid channel is unavailable in your country.

      Works for me (Australia), which is in fact quite surprising.

  7. Alan_Peery

    Changing your Google Wallet location

    may be enough to change which channels are available for you.

    I'd try, but the unavailable channels aren't really that tempting yet. We'll see what's on offer in a few months.

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