YouTube thinking of charging for TV shows

Thu 17 December 2009 08:00, Bas van den Beld

YouTube thinking of charging for TV shows

YouTube is becoming more popular every day, we talked about that yesterday also. The video service owned by Google still wants to find more ways of making money. One of these ways could be charging for TV shows.

YouTube is said to be thinking about offering subscriptions which would allow their users to watch major new TV shows and films online.

Google executive David Eun, in charge of partnerships with media companies, told Reuters that subscriptions like this are an option for YouTube they are exploring. After deals with amongst others Channel 4 and Five YouTube is looking for more similar deals with other TV channels.

Eun told Reuters:

"We're making some interesting bets on long-form content; not all content is accessible to us with the advertising model,"

YouTube has always been free for all users so a step like this would be a big one. But the very popular site is on the top priority list of Eric Schmidt who desperately wants to make money out of the site. The step therefore would make sense since it would most probably attract more possible partners.

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