YouTube confirms subscription plans

YouTube has confirmed plans to launch an advertising-free version of YouTube that users will be able access by paying a monthly fee.  In a letter sent to YouTube content creators, the Google-owned video site said that the new paid offering will “generate a new source of revenue” that will supplement ad revenues. YouTube said that […]

YouTube looking to paid-subscriptions

YouTube is reportedly looking to new subscription offerings, including ad-free version of the service, according to the Google-owned video site’s CEO Susan Wojcicki. Speaking at tech site Re/code’s Code/Mobile conference in Half Moon Bay, California, Wojcicki reportedly said that while YouTube’s ad-supported approach has allowed it to build massive scale, “there’s going to be a […]

BBC director general: plenty of life left in the licence fee

The BBC’s director general Tony Hall has spoken out against the corporation switching to a subscription-based model, arguing that the licence fee offers “something for everyone.” In an opinion piece written for the Daily Mirror, Hall argues that, even in a digital age, the existing licence fee model has “plenty of life left” and that […]

BBC policy director argues against BBC subscription

The BBC’s director of policy James Heath has spoken out in favour of the public service broadcaster’s licence fee model, claiming that “subscription isn’t the best way to fund the BBC.” Writing two blog posts ahead of the forthcoming review of the BBC’s Charter, Heath argued that a subscription model would “unavoidably change the nature […]

YouTube gears up for subscription music launch

YouTube is gearing up to launch a subscription music offering, despite failing to sign licensing terms with a number of independent record labels.  Speaking to the Financial Times, YouTube’s head of content and business operations Robert Kyncl said that it had agreed terms with labels representing 95% of the music industry, but would start to […]

Intel reportedly close to selling web TV business to Verizon

Intel is reportedly close to signing a deal to sell Intel Media – the division tasked with building its web-based, subscription set-top TV service – to US telco Verizon. According to an All Things D report, which cites people familiar with the talks, the two firms are in “advanced negotiations” though it is unclear whether […]

YouTube extends pay-channel scheme

YouTube is opening up monthly subscription options to channel owners that have 10,000 or more channel subscribers.  The video site first introduced premium pay channels to YouTube in May, piloting the scheme with 53 initial participant networks. Now YouTube says it has taken “the next step” in allowing users to monetise their content, with users […]

Machinima planning online subscription video service

YouTube partner channel Machinima is planning to launch a subscription video service and is in talks with Hollywood studios about providing full-length content and possibly investing in the project, according to US reports. According to Reuters, citing unnamed sources, Machinima is looking to raise US$80 million (€60 million) to launch a subscription video-on-demand service targeted […]