In a quaint move, YouTube is assessing the possibility of adding subscription services to its platform. According to The Information, YouTube is currently in talks with several streaming services over the possibility of adding their services to its platform. Currently, it’s unknown as to which services might be involved in said talks, as YouTube declined to comment. These talks have been going on for several months, so they may become a reality soon.
It’s also unclear if this feature would only be available through YouTube TV, or available to all users. YouTube TV is YouTube’s cable service that costs $50 a month. Currently, it has two million subscribers, and it could be possible YouTube wants to boost their profit on the service.
YouTube already does offer some streaming services – such as Showtime – through YouTube TV, but this barely compares to Apple or Amazon’s grip on a similar concept. Offering these services would turn YouTube into a hub for all sorts of entertainment, encompassing music, TV, and movies into one area.
There are, however, a few flaws in YouTube’s plan. Amazon and Apple have similar, established hubs available, and YouTube may be swept under the rug. A similar thing happened to Facebook in 2019 when they attempted to initiate something similar. Due to a lack of interest from users, it was dismantled within three months.
Seeing as YouTube is a service many of us use daily, it might be a sustainable entertainment hub in the future. However, given Apple and Amazon’s grip on the feature, that possibility remains dubious.
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