YouTube has reportedly contacted a "small group" of channels to apply to be among the first paid channels. There are also rumors that YouTube might charge for live events like concerts and access to older episodes. This has been a long-awaited feature of YouTube and is expected to become a major revenue stream.
Google is taking big strides in the media consumption market. After the recent rumors that Google is in aggressive negotiations with record labels to launch a music streaming service like Spotify.
Google is planning something similar with YouTube by launching pay-to-view channels. This has been a long-awaited feature of YouTube and is expected to become a major revenue stream.
The rumors have been almost confirmed after discovering a code snippet in the recent YouTube app update.
<string name="paid_channel_subscribe_message">You can only subscribe to this paid channel on your computer.</string>
<string name="paid_channel_unsubscribe_message">You can only unsubscribe from this paid channel on your computer.</string>
The words: "You can only subscribe/unsubscribe from this paid channel on your computer." confirms the legitimacy of the rumors that the feature will launch shortly.