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YouTube Considers Charging as Sky Deal Falls Through

Gordon Kelly


YouTube as we know looks set for major changes....

The free, if increasingly ad-heavy, video site seems increasingly determined to make a jump into premium content following two pieces of breaking news from the broadsheets today.

Firstly The Guardian is reporting Google executive David Eun as saying YouTube may need to introduce a paid subscription model - as least for some content in the near future. "We're making some interesting bets on long-form content; not all content is accessible to us with the advertising model," he admitted.

This isn't surprising given YouTube is reported to lose Google almost half a billion dollars a year and even for the search giant this isn't small change. Furthermore, securing high quality films and television would require substantial further investment.

Speaking of which, the Telegraph claims that Sky has pulled out of talks with Google about hosting some of its most popular home grown shows on YouTube. Coincidentally, the collapse allegedly occurred because Sky decided it would not give away its content for free. It is also comes on the back of Sky majority shareholder Rupert Murdock's accusations that Google News 'steals' content from its publications which would indicate the two aren't on the best of speaking terms.

“The pay model is at the heart of our business and allows us to invest significantly in high-quality, distinctive content," a Sky spokesperson confirmed to the paper. That said, Sky is clearly at a crossroads. Sky Player isn't a runaway success, Sky on the Xbox and Windows 7 is extremely well realised and the BBC is courting it about joining Canvas. Broadcaster or end-to-end service provider? It's a dilemma Sky needs to work out soon.

Still, we'll end on a happy note as YouTube has also today revealed its most watched videos of 2009 as well as the most popular search terms of each month. With a monstrous 120m views Susan Boyle's Britain's Got Talent audition won out ahead of 37m for David After Dentist and 33m for the JK Wedding Entrance. As for the search terms they panned out as follows:

January: inauguration

February: christian bale

March: the climb

April: susan boyle

May: pacquiao vs hatton

June: michael jackson thriller

July: michael jackson

August: usain bolt

September: kanye west

October: paranormal activity

November: bad romance

December: tiger woods

Ok, that wasn't a happy note at all. *considers taste of the human race and puts gun to head*


via The Guardian

via the Telegraph


December 16, 2009, 8:01 pm

contains a lot less rick astley than i thought it would.


December 16, 2009, 8:17 pm

Goodbye YouTube it was nice knowing you.


December 16, 2009, 8:39 pm

If they do try and charge, then I for one am unlikely to use them (occasionally use the site at the moment, but not that much).

Harry Fowler

December 16, 2009, 8:39 pm

Most of the searches for October were probably by me; I showed about 5 million people the P.A trailer.


December 16, 2009, 9:34 pm

Gottah love that Tiger Woods.

Sir Stuie

December 17, 2009, 1:30 am

Strange, I've never noticed any ads in youtube vids but then I only look at clips on YT. Paying for a YT video is not something I would ever do and I would not bother watching a 30 second advert to play a 2 minute clip. At least Blip and the like tend to have longer videos.


December 17, 2009, 5:49 am

Sky Player is a joke. Windows media centre asked me to install it, and that if I was a current subscriber I could watch current programmes aired on sky through it depending most likely on packages I had subscribed to as a sky customer. Well I installed it logged in with my sky account, and surprise. It wouldn't let me watch anything, and tried to make me buy a subscription to Sky player at £11 something.


December 17, 2009, 7:39 am

January : gordon kelly suicide

(Just kidding - no one cares :) )

Don Kanonjii

December 17, 2009, 2:01 pm

Not a terribly constructive comment but I hate Sky with a Passion.

On tpoic...I rarely watch anything youtube but it would be a shame to lose it to a pay model.


December 19, 2009, 4:27 am

People will just move elsewhere to a free service such as vimeo.

Good for their competitors...

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