There was speculation that YouTube's paid subscription channels would happen later this week, and now they're here.  The channels are 99 cents, will have two-week trial periods, and some will have special deals if you pre-pay for a year.  The channels look pretty basic: there seems to be a channel for all the genres: comedy, cooking, sports, movies, kids, the usual.  It looks like 53 channels are on the board to choose from. will these channels get noticed?  It looks like you can at least visit their page and see the "subscribe" trailers, and some content is free.  But anyway, paid channels are here.

YouTube's Paid Subscription Channels Have Arrived

Here's a screen-cap look at some of the new paid channels (the full page is here):

The YouTube Paid Channels Are Now Live, As Promised paid channels part 1

What do you think? Is this a strong start for YouTube's paid subscriptions, or do you feel like there's so much free content on YouTube you won't ever have to subscribe to these particular ones?

UPDATE: Looks like they'll start at 99 cents, and "average" around $2.99 a month.  Also, creators will be taking 45 percent of the subscription fees.  The new subscription service tools will soon be open to everyone, and also creators can decide whether they want ads on the videos or not.

  • henry44

    A few of the channels I subscribe to have announced paid channels; interesting to see how many viewers are angered by the thought that someone would offer a paid 'premium' channel. I hope you guys continue to report on the 'paid channel' feature. I'm interested to see if these paid channels create videos that their viewers will pay to watch. Thanks for the news.

  • Andrew Ocean

    YouTube's home page layout is kind of horrible. Nowhere is there a banner or link for the new paid channels. The only way I can see to get to it is by clicking a link in an article about it or clicking on the small "browse channels" link at the bottom left and then scrolling down to the "Paid Subscriptions" section. Is this horrible or am I missing something?

    • Chris Atkinson

      YouTube is usually awful about these things, for sure. The only way I can see to get to it is by clicking on "Browse Channels" on the left side of the home page. It will then give you a bunch of genres. One will be "paid" and it will give you a few select ones, but you can click on the heading and it will take you to the page. Hope that helps.