YouTube paid for channels

Despite being free to use, YouTube has launched paid for video channels for the first time.

Six years after starting the YouTube partner program, Google's video streaming service has launched a number of paid for channels. Users will have to pay subscription fees starting at $0.99 per month to view videos.

YouTube said: "Once you subscribe from a computer, you’ll be able to watch paid channels on your computer, phone, tablet and TV, and soon you’ll be able to subscribe to them from more devices."

Pilot channels at launch include National Geographic Kids, Docudrama, Cars.TV, Comedy.TV and On Cue. However, we've had a look and not all of them are available in the UK.

YouTube plans to add more over the coming weeks and months.

Like digital magazines and such like, the paid for channels will offer a 14 day free trial and many will give a discount for those who subscribe annually.

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