writes: "A couple of weeks ago, Google's CEO mentioned to investors that they might start charging YouTube's users for viewing content:
With respect to how it will get monetized, our first priority, as you pointed out, is on the advertising side. We do expect over time to see micro payments and other forms of subscription models coming as well. But our initial focus is on advertising. We will be announcing additional things in that area literally very, very soon.
With the recent Disney — Hulu deal, Google is under increasing pressure to generate more revenue and at the same time attract more premium content. That means we might see payment options coming even sooner than expected, with control over the pricing models being handed over to the studio's providing that content, like the way Apple caved in over variable pricing on iTunes. Which raises an important question: would you actually pay for premium content on YouTube and other sites, or will this draw viewers away to other video sites?"