Would You Pay for YouTube?

Can Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) really break through Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) death grip and bring fee-based YouTube content to the masses?

The Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital blog reported Monday that the search giant is mulling over joining the streaming-TV world. Blogger Peter Kafka reports:

YouTube already lets users watch a smattering of TV shows for free, with advertising. Now it envisions something similar to what Apple and Amazon already offer: First-run shows, without commercials, for $1.99 an episode, available the day after they air on broadcast or cable.

There’s no doubt that Google has the brand power to get the major studios on board. But will YouTube be able to persuade would-be viewers to follow suit? What will happen to Apple, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) , and Hulu as a result? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments box below.

Hope Nelson-Pope is online coordinating editor at The Motley Fool and admits to watching the occasional Price Is Right blooper on YouTube from time to time. She owns shares of Apple, but of no other companies mentioned above. Apple and Amazon are Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations. Google is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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  • Report this Comment On December 02, 2009, at 4:48 PM, crapinjunk wrote:

    I refuse to pay for these shows. I think if Google tried to make people pay for these shows, they will find a drop in viewership that will be massive.

  • Report this Comment On December 02, 2009, at 6:28 PM, SteveTheInvestor wrote:

    Pay for YouTube? Ummmm.... NO. Most the videos are garbage and more often than not, the service is just too slow.

  • Report this Comment On December 03, 2009, at 11:58 AM, ikkyu2 wrote:

    I think the two above posters are fundamentally mistaken. The problem about a separate fee-based YouTube area is that its main competitor would be free YouTube.

    There's only a certain number of hours in the day for people to watch streaming video. Charlie Bit Me, Numa Numa/Star Wars Kid, Keyboard Cat, and all the other free stuff can keep people entertained and amused for all those hours. They'd have to add something pretty special to get people to pay money to crowd that stuff out.

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