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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?


Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
I wouldn't pay for youtube.
nylorac nylorac 8 years
... i meant replace youtube with daily motion!
nylorac nylorac 8 years
i've already begun to replace daily motion with youtube...
komler komler 8 years
If I could get the tv-shows on YouTube, Hulu, iTunes, etc. available OUTSIDE the US… around the same time they aired in the US, I would definitely consider to pay for it. However, this newest business on YouTube, Hulu & iTunes aren't available for those of us not in the States. It's one thing to watch scripted shows on television ages after they've aired in the States. It's another thing entirely to watch reality shows...
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i would never pay for youtube. hulu and joost and all the others out there would be a replacement.
Foofie Foofie 8 years
I wouldn't pay to use a site I am currently using for free... Especially when I can just use torrent sites and for those canadians out there being gyped by the bastard americans media corps you can always use hotspot shield to access american content in Canada
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
lol no. i think i'd just have to live without seeing things like spaghetti cat and the dancing socks.
smartiez smartiez 8 years
devils devils 8 years
Depends how much we are talking. One reason I don't go to movies is because I don't want to pay nearly $12, and I'llbe honest, i can't be bothered to go to the store, or sign up for netflix (or maybe I'm just not that big of a movie person). however, if the price is right, i would MAYBE consider it. *MAYBE*.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
no way. id rather borrow movies from the library and watch shows on hulu or (all the shows i watch are on those sites anyway)
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
This is the direction that we're headed in, for reasons that tsp mentioned. It's a model that's worked in the past for other media (think cable TV) and I think we're going to see a lot more of it. I'd pay for it if it was worth it. They'd have to provide instant HD video that I can stream to my TV. I would hope that the low-quality videos people upload would be free. That's my favorite part of youtube anyway.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
I don't think I'd want to pay for movies, I like the full experience of going the movies...I'm a nerd like that I love to get popcorn and sit at a seat. I mean every now in then it may be okay (espcially for a less than stellar film that I may still want to see), but not so much.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
The thing is, this has NEVER made sense with ANY Internet content. You can't go back and make people pay for things that were previously free for them to use. Start out with payment and subscriptions if that's the case, or else people will just go find it for free somewhere else.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Hell to the no! I get my dvds for FREE from the library. I'm not paying squat. Since the original guys sold it, i knew this would eventually happen.
tsp tsp 8 years
the fact is (as we've learned from newspapers) is that things cost money and at some point, if you find the service of value, then you need to pony up. youtube costs money to build and maintain. movies and tv shows cost money to create. i don't understand the expectation that things would be free forever. what's the business model there? i personally don't know if/how much i would pay for youtube, but i do know there are currently web sites that i get for free that i would FOR SURE pay for if they developed a subscription-based system.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 8 years
I'm in Canada, so most of the free tv/movie services like Hulu either don't broadcast here or have severely limited content. If they can guarantee a reasonable amount of content, I'd pay for a subscription service. It'd be a better option than paying for cable.
aka-Daria aka-Daria 8 years
fuck that. i'd rather go to hulu if that were the case, at least THEY show FAMILY GUY episodes
bornthisway bornthisway 8 years
I wouldn't pay for TV shows, seeing as you can find almost all tv shows on the network's website, but I would pay to watch a movie. I wouldn't pay more than a few dollars, though.
cal1 cal1 8 years
I'd be glad to pay for certain TV shows. I will be getting rid of my TV soon and I'd like to keep watching certain cable channels. Youtube would be a great option.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Nope. I pretty much NEVER watch youtube.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Maybe if it was a movie I really wanted to see and couldn't find to download but I don't even really use youtube right now, so no.
myfashionissue myfashionissue 8 years
Paying for using youtube? It might be a (bad) joke or maybe they are crazy. I'll never pay for something that right now it's FREE
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