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YouTube Signs Sony Deal to Show Full-Length Movies and Hints at Subscription and Micropayments

Would You Pay to Use YouTube?

Big news from YouTube this week — not only does a signed deal with Sony Pictures mean you could be watching full-length movies on the site, but Google's Eric Schmidt hinted that we may see a payment option on YouTube in the near future. "We do expect over time to see micropayments and other forms of subscription models coming as well," he said.

My expectation and hope is that this payment structure won't apply to everything — perhaps just exclusive content on the site — but the news makes me both nervous and excited. Why excited? Maybe it's a promise of the quality and offerings going way up. And nervous, of course, because right now it just sounds like we may be paying for something that we're now getting for free.

So tell me, even though I know details are scarce about this — would you pay to use YouTube?


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