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Google says most of its video creators have signed up to new subscription contracts for its pay-to-view YouTube Red service, rather than have their videos pulled from public display at YouTube. YouTube Red is Google's ad-free subscription service, and rolls up both music and video for $9.99 a month. Google Play subscribers …

  1. Stuart 22

    Seeing Red ...

    Maybe the indie music creators should protest by switching to providing backing tracks on RedTube. Make a pleasant change from all that huffing and puffing (so I'm told).

  2. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Subs service...for YouTube?

    Google, take pistol, load, locate foot, pull trigger.

    So this is going to be mainly things like music videos I presume. So the target market, kids.

    So do kids pay £9.99 a month to watch these videos, or just move to rival for free? You know the same kids that expect stuff to be free and are happy to sell their souls, rather than pay for it?

    Answers on a postcard to

    Google

    Fantasy Land

    America.

    1. ratfox Silver badge

      Re: Subs service...for YouTube?

      The current YouTube is staying as before, kids are going to keep watching. What is new is a paying ad-free service with a few more features.

      Though I read in TechCrunch that Disney has refused the new terms, so there's that. Disney might still leave their videos on YouTube without monetizing them (no ads shown), otherwise they will disappear.

      1. FIA

        Re: Subs service...for YouTube?

        Though I read in TechCrunch that Disney has refused the new terms, so there's that. Disney might still leave their videos on YouTube without monetizing them (no ads shown), otherwise they will disappear.

        As I understand it if you don't accept the new terms then your videos are automatically set to private. However Disney are probably big enough to object and not be ignored.

  3. seven of five

    Impressive

    I am impressed (and somewhat disappointed at the same time) you managed to keep a straight face with reporting the tube going red.

  4. James 51 Silver badge

    No chance of services like daily motion or facebook's video offering picking up the slack? If enough of the popular channels move to other providers then they could end up shooting themselves in the foot. If not here's hoping that the EU can put a stop to it before it starts.

  5. Alan J. Wylie

    Don't confuse

    YouTube Red with RedTube

    https://grahamcluley.com/2015/10/difference-youtube-youtube-red-redtube/

    1. Ralph B

      Re: Don't confuse

      > Don't confuse You Tube Red with RedTube

      It's easy to do, as contributors to both are getting screwed.

  6. AMBxx Silver badge
    Joke

    Lame name

    What's wrong with calling it RedTube? Has somebody else got that already?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Redtube?

    YouTube Red? Should've just called it RedTube.... oh wait, hang on....

  8. Mystic Megabyte Silver badge
    FAIL

    Pay per view?

    There is no way that I will pay a monthly fee but I do have a solution. If the artist is paid $0.0001 per view then I'm willing to pay $0.0003 to watch it. Maybe.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I love the idea ..

    .. of Google destroying the very thing that made YouTube attractive.

    It's already seriously messed up with clickable overlays and in-video advertising, so anything else it does to open up a gap in the market for a new entrant is IMHO only positive. There is only so much abuse people are prepared to tolerate, at some point you will overcome the reluctance to change and at that point all the pent up demand will stream to the next offer.

    1. Shades

      Re: I love the idea ..

      "clickable overlays and in-video advertising"

      Err, what are these things you speak of? The combination of NoScript and Ghostery (for FireFox) block all advertisements (even the wait-5-seconds-to-skip ones) yet leave absolutely everything else functional, even the YouTube Centre Developer Build GreaseMonkey script.

      1. P. Lee Silver badge

        Re: I love the idea ..

        >Err, what are these things you speak of? The combination of NoScript and Ghostery (for FireFox) block all advertisements

        Haha! I used chromium the other day for some reason and thought "Ewch! What's that?!" For such trivial content, I can't believe people are willing to put up with so much non-content.

        Jdownloader works too. I'd rather give them the tenner/month.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Go ahead, Google...

    you're going to shoot your own foot. Other services will suddenly become much more interesting to amateurs with tons of followers, and professionals alike.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Go ahead, Google...

      Or.... the others might start following along with $$$ (or Euro or Pound) signs in their eyes. There does seem to be a lot "follow the leader" going on out there.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    this is google plot

    to take over redtube. Pornography lover, close your ehm... ranks!

  12. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

    Are they cleaning house

    and pimping up YouTube ready for spinning it off for a few dozen gazillion dollars?

    Just a thought

    It is obviously past its peak and the only way is down. Cash in now before it goes TITSIPO

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: Are they cleaning house

      But who would / could buy it?

      1. Kane Silver badge

        Re: Are they cleaning house

        "But who would / could buy it?"

        I can think of a fruity firm that might be interested.

  13. cd

    Better dead than red.

  14. Steven Roper

    WTF?

    " Google Play subscribers will be opted in, ..."

    And that shit is exactly why I don't have any credit card or payment method associated with my Google account or my Android phone.

    1. DanielN

      Re: WTF?

      I think they mean that when you pay for a Google Play subscription, the price includes the YouTube Red subscription.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hey Google

    Fuck off

  16. CJ_C

    PRS

    Google, pay what you owe like a law abiding organisation...

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