YouTube confirms subscriptions

The rumours are true: YouTube has confirmed that it will be offering paid channels from a small group of partners, with subscription fees starting at US$ 0.99 per month.

The pilot programme launched yesterday (May 9th) in ten countries and includes an eclectic mix of 53 channels at present, including some aimed at children (‘Jim Henson Family TV’), comedy fans (‘Laugh Factory VIP’), and sports fanatics (‘UFC Select’).

Every channel will have a 14-day free trial, and will be available to watch across a range of connected devices including computers, phones, tablets and TVs.

Describing this as “just the beginning”, a post on the YouTube blog adds that more channels will be rolled out in the coming weeks as a self-service feature for qualifying partners – although it fails to say what the criteria are.

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