How much would you pay to look at videos online? I don’t mean full-length movies or television shows, though you can certainly find those throughout YouTube’s murky depths, but normal, everyday viral videos. Care to part with $5 a month? Maybe $10? Well, consider it, because you may be asked to do so in the very new future. YouTube is going to launch a video subscription service that strips the ads from its videos. That’s right, it’s going to be ad-free YouTube, but it’s going to cost you something.
Of course, that’s going to be a hard sell. The only thing I ever rented from YouTube’s On Demand service was “The Interview”, the Seth Rogen/James Franco movie at the center of the Sony hacking scandal. I usually skip the ads when they give me the option to bypass them after 5 seconds. Most of the things I end up watching on there are ad-free, or they only have the little pop-up ad at the bottom. And like most folks, the reason why I use YouTube so much is because it’s free and supported by ads like broadcast television.
So, long story short, I’m not going to be subscribing to YouTube unless it’s very, very cheap and they make the ads unskippable.Technorati Tags: ad-free youtube for a free, streaming video, subscription services, subscription youtube, videos, youtube, youtube ads, youtube subscription fee