We previously reported about the paid YouTube channel service, and Google has delivered just that today in a pilot program. A small number of shows, including Sesame Street and UFC, will begin offering channels that can only be accessed after paying an apparently variable subscription fee, which starts at $0.99 per month. A full list of channels can be found on YouTube’s Channels page, including offerings from film distributors Magnet and comedy channel Laugh Factory.
It was also mentioned that some channels will offer yearly discounts, and all will come with a 14-day free trial. For now, the program is apparently quite small, but YouTube will be rolling it out in the coming weeks for current qualifying partners. Paid channels are an expansion of YouTube’s partner channel program, which launched in 2012 and allows for more TV-like “series” or videos focused on a particular company.We hope we shall have some users of this service in developing nations incase it rollout successfully.