Should you cut the cable cord?
Published on January 21st, 2014 | by Joe Stych
Overview: No, it’s not all cute puppies and trick-shot compilation videos (although we’ll take those too). YouTube is starting to move towards user-generated, channel-based content as a way to grow viewership. Yes, many popular channels are video game-centric (like top YouTuber PewDiePie), but there are informational outlets too, like PBS’s Idea Channel or VICE’s page. YouTube has even started letting larger channels charge a subscription fee, and shows like “Adventure Time” and “American Horror Story” offer episodes on an a la carte basis.
Pricing: Free, unless you’re subscribing to one of the experimental “paid” channels, where prices are set by the channel owner.
Exclusive content: Most of the videos on YouTube are exclusive, since it’s the place to be for video content creators.
Loophole: YouTube has worked hard to close basically all of its loopholes. The days of searching “Space Jam full movie” and finding the complete (but fuzzy) film are gone.