YouTube Kicks Off Paid Channel Program with Full Episodes of ‘Fraggle Rock’

By Devon Glenn 

After months of rumors, YouTube has rolled out 53 paid channels on the video-sharing site. One highlight is the Jim Henson Family TV channel, which includes full episodes of “Fraggle Rock.”

Announced today, the pilot program will launch with a small group of partners on YouTube. Subscription fees will begin at $0.99 per month after a 14-day free trial, the company said. Some channels also offer annual subscriptions at a discount.

So far, the full lineup includes kid-friendly channels like National Geographic Kids and niche offerings like workout videos from iAmplify and matches from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. There are number of Spanish-language channels as well.

The videos are accessible through computers, phones, tablets, and television sets.

“Just as the partner program empowered creators to take their channels to the next level, we look forward to seeing how this great community of creators moves ahead with a new way to reach the fan communities that made their channels a hit,” wrote the YouTube team in a blog post. “You’ll be hearing more from us, and them, as we get creator and user feedback and build out this exciting offering.”