Google emailed content owners yesterday asking them to agree to new content deals by October 22 or their videos would no longer be available in the United States. It is unlikely that we will see the new service come out before the twenty-second, but we may see an announcement before then.
According to the new service is rumored to be $10 a month and no details are available on exactly what you will get for $10 a month.
Here is what YouTube emailed content owners yesterday:
For years, YouTubes fans have been telling us they want more more choice when watching their favorite content, more ways to support their favorite creators and, above all, the option to watch their favorite videos uninterrupted.
To give fans more choice we will be launching a new ads-free version of YouTube, available to fans for a monthly fee. This service will create a new source of revenue over time that supplements your advertising revenue. Thats why an overwhelming majority of our partners representing over 95% of YouTube watchtime have asked for and signed up for this service.
As you heard in our previous emails, we want to ensure that fans who choose to pay for an ads-free experience can watch all the same videos that are available on the ads-supported experience. Thats why were asking you to update your agreement to reflect the updated terms for the ads-free service.
To accept, simply log into YouTube.com as ***** from a desktop or laptop and follow the prompts by October 22nd.
If you havent signed by that date, your videos will no longer be available for public display or monetization in the United States. That outcome would be a loss for YouTube, a loss for the thriving presence youve built on the platform, and above all, a loss for your fans. We remain committed to working with you, as we always have. And of course, at any time, you can accept the updated terms which will make your videos public and monetizable again. Common FAQs can be found here.
We believe these new terms will greatly strengthen our partnership for the future. We went through a similar process three years ago when we began distributing and monetizing your content on mobile devices. Today, mobile represents over half of all watchtime and mobile revenue is up 2x in just the last year. Just as with mobile, were confident this latest update will excite your fans and generate a previously untapped, additional source of revenue for you.
If you have questions or encounter technical difficulties, were here to help: reach out to us for support here.
The YouTube Team
So would you pay $10 a month for ad-free videos?