May 6, 2013
YouTube as we know it could become a thing of the past as early as this week. The Financial Times is reporting that the Google-owned company is set to launch a number of premium content channels that will be available through an à la carte subscription service. This move, which has been anticipated, could cost users as little as $1.99 per month for each channel they select. The service “will enable channel operators to produce different content, such as TV shows and films,” according to someone familiar with the plan. For their part, YouTube remains silent on their future plans. They told The Financial Times that they had “nothing to announce,” but were “looking into creating a subscription platform that could bring even more great content to YouTube for our users to enjoy.” Were YouTube to announce premium content they would compete with Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu, among others. We'll let you know when we hear more about YouTube's plan, and what this all means for iOS. In the meantime, see: YouTube Capture Now Features HD Previews Of Video Enhancements, Play+ For YouTube Makes Finding And Watching Videos Quicker And Easier, and YouTube For iOS Updated With Support For Live Streams And Other Enhancements.