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YouTube launches paid subscription channels

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YouTube has unveiled its new paid subscription channels.

Some 53 paid channels have been added to the video sharing website, as part of the YouTube partner programme.

A selection of fights on the 'UFC Select' paid channel

A selection of fights on the 'UFC Select' channel

Paddington Bear on YouTube paid channel 'DHX Junior'

Paddington Bear on YouTube paid channel 'DHX Junior'



The first batch of channels are relatively niche, ranging from children's entertainment to leisure and budget movies.

More than 30 of the channels are open to UK residents at present, including comedy.tv, Baby First Plus and TNA Wrestling Plus. More channels are expected to launch over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, US viewers have access to different services, including Acorn TV which has a selection of some British classics, such as Pie in the Sky and Midsomer Murders. Other well-known names include Jim Henson Family TV and National Geographic Kids.

A 14-day free trial is currently running to give users a taste of the pilot scheme. Subscription prices vary from channel to channel, with some offering a monthly price between £1.49 and £3.49, while others are offering subsidised annual subscriptions starting at £6.49 up to as high as £33.99 a year.

A small group of partners will also offer paid channels on YouTube with subscription fees starting at $0.99 per month (£0.64).

In a blog post, the Google-owned website said: "Today, there are more than 1 million channels generating revenue on YouTube, and one of the most frequent requests we hear from these creators behind them is for more flexibility in monetising and distributing content."

Subscribers will be able to access their channels on other devices too, including smartphones, tablets and TV. YouTube also said that more devices would be added over time.

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