YouTube Readies Android App for Paid Channel Subscriptions

By Megan O'Neill 

Last month, AdAge reported that YouTube is preparing to introduce paid subscriptions on select channels in the coming months, and the latest YouTube Android app update seems to confirm that paid subscriptions are, indeed, on the way.

According to the Android Police, the latest Android YouTube app update includes a couple lines of code that they say “basically confirms the service is on its way.”  The code, seen in the image below, includes the text, “You can only subscribe to this paid channel on your computer” and “You can only unsubscribe from this paid channel on your computer.”

CNET reached out to YouTube for comment and received the following response:

“We have nothing to announce at this time, but we’re looking into creating a subscription service that could bring even more great content to YouTube for our users to enjoy and provide our creators with another vehicle to generate revenue from their content, beyond the rental and ad-supported models we offer.”

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.