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May 10, 2013

UK TV Terrestrial channels say no plans to charge YouTube users

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UK TV Terrestrial channels BBC and Channel 4 have said they will not be charging British YouTube users to view their content. The broadcasters spoke to UK newspaper the Telegraph, revealing that they will not be a part of YouTube’s rumored ‘premium service.’

The BBC  is quoted as saying:

“I can confirm that we will not be part of the “premium” specialist channels group that will be charging subscription fees for content, we’re currently focused on broadening our audience for advertising-supported shortform and longform across our network of YouTube channels, as well as further developing our original content channels.”

Channel 4 had a similar statement to make, with its spokesperson telling the Telegraph it wouldn’t be part of YouTube’s “subscription wall.”

“We are always interested to see the evolution of the YouTube platform but we have no immediate plans to launch any content behind a new subscription wall.”

Word got out earlier this week that Google was reportedly getting ready to launch a paid subscription service for a number of YouTube channels, costing as little as $1.99 each per month. This new move to a paid platform will apparently increase per-video revenues so that content creators can generate TV shows and movies with a higher budget than what trickles in from the current advertising scheme. Google is expected to announce something official by the end of the week.

We have reached out to ITV and Channel 5 but no response at this time. If we receive one we will update this post.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini