One day, in the near future, babies will be born with webcams implanted into their cerebral cortexes which allow them to automatically broadcast to the web every single mundane moment of their tiny baby lives. Until then, we have young YouTube users, who upload cute and quirky videos to the platform with the hopes of gaining more followers and perhaps a sliver of microfame. Read More
Video Killed the Radio Star
Is there anything on YouTube that you just couldn’t live without? Cat videos are great and all, but this Betabeat reporter can’t even be bothered to cough up the cash for Hulu Plus. And yet it seems the video platform is just bound and determined to make subscriptions happen: Ad Age reports that after much teasing, YouTube is asking channel producers (it’s unclear which ones) to apply to create paid channels.
Sources tell Ad Age that the first paid channels will cost between $1 and $5, and YouTube is also looking at ways to charge for “content libraries and access to live events, a la pay-per-view, as well as self-help or financial advice shows.” But would a personal finance guru sign off on your paying $1 a month for YouTube videos? That’s what they call a conundrum, friends. Read More
Vimeo, the New York-based video platform known for being the buttoned-up, besuited step-brother to the behemoth YouTube, announced two new features today aimed at empowering video creators to earn money for their work. The first is a virtual Tip Jar, which can be implemented across all Vimeo Plus and Vimeo Pro accounts beginning today, that allows viewers to reward creators for their hard work with cash donations via credit card or PayPal. Vimeo will retain a 15 percent cut of all tips.
“This is a feature that the product team has had in their minds for quite a while,” Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor told us recently on a visit to the company’s headquarters, nestled in a spacious office stocked with lots of candy in the IAC building. Read More