There have been rumors for months that YouTube was going to have paid channels, well it has finally become a reality. Thursday marked a historic day for YouTube as it announced that it will have paid channels starting at just 99 cents.
The channels will offer a two week viewing period for free before you are charged, and some channels will even offer you a discount for an annual subscription. There are so many channels to choose from already, but this is just the start.
What does this mean for online journalism you might ask? In my opinion I think YouTube is going to be a huge part of news on the web if they can pull off these paid channels. You could get news programs right at your fingertips.
YouTube is mostly known for funny videos and cool and outrageous things you can only watch to believe, but I think it could make a name for itself as a more serious and reputable news source with these paid channels. Only time will tell, but I’m extremely interested in seeing how this pans out!