Youtube is entering the paid subscription service game and today announced the first slate of "pay-to-watch" channels. After a 14 day free-trial you will be charge about $2.99/month (that's the average, some will be as cheap as $0.99) for the channel of your choice. Most of the content will be on demand but some channels will also have live content from time to time. Google is only taking 45% of the subscription fee and ad revenue which I believe is a much smaller portion than with the current Youtube revenue sharing model. Would you pay for some Youtube?
Here is a list of the channels going to the subscription model: Rap Battle Network, Baby First Plus, BIGSTAR Movies, Big Think, DHX Junior TV, Cars.tv, I Love Docs Channel, Gravitas Movies, HD Net, National Geographic Kids, Nelvana’s Treehouse Direct, (Roger) Corman’s Drive-In, DocuRama, NuestroPix, Gay Direct, PrimeZone Sports, Acorn TV, Laugh Factory VIP, PGA Digital Golf Academy, and UFC Select. Check them out right on Youtube.