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YouTube Is About To Jump Into The Original Content Game

To announce new video channels as early as next week

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YouTube Is About To Jump Into The Original Content Game
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The behemoth that is YouTube is about to grow even larger in its reach, as it looks like the Google property is getting into the business of original programming.

The Wall Street Journal quotes sources familiar with the situation that say YouTube could announce the beginning of these content “channels” as early as next week.

YouTube is apparently partnering up with InterActiveCorp’s Electus, News Corps, as well as CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. Even pro skateboarder Tony Hawk is said to be jumping on the YouTube programming wagon. YouTube is also joining with folks that already create content for the site for this initiative.

YouTube is trying to become a next-generation cable provider overseeing dozens of free online “channels” with professional-grade shows, people familiar with the matter have said. Google is putting up more than $100 million in cash advances to get some of the content produced, these people said. The company will recoup the funds from advertising revenue it sells against the content, later splitting ad revenue with the partners, these people added.

Going by that, Google is serious about trying to make YouTube a real competitor in the field.

To aid the new original content, YouTube will be redesigned in order to promote it. The sources says that YouTube will be more “channel-centric,” promoting users to subscribe to channels based on the type of content or interests – this could include food, comedy, news, etc.

If YouTube can create quality content with its new partners, it could be an important new revenue stream for the company. The question is, how comfortable will companies feel advertising on YouTube original content? It would probably depend on the initial success of the initiative, which would in turn depend on the quality of the new shows.

Do you have high hopes for original content on YouTube? Let us know what you think.

YouTube Is About To Jump Into The Original Content Game
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  • http://www.seonorthamerica.com Tom Aikins

    YouTube is positioning itself for the future and I’m actually surprised they haven’t done this sooner. My kids don’t even watch TV anymore. Everything they want is on YouTube. Now with its own programming, YouTube can take that even further. Network and also broadcast TV in general are dead. They don’t know it yet or don’t want to admit it but every bit of entertainment will soon be on the internet and YouTube is staking its claim now which is a smart move.

  • http://journalxtra.com diondeville

    This could be Google’s answer to piracy. Sounds good to me.

  • http://www.porcelanatoscastel.mex.tl/ Porcelanatos

    Google need to take a step ahead coptetition, that´s why they are always investing in technology, but the question is: Are they hurting us in the process?

  • Danny Dix

    As long as they don’t choke the content with bucket loads of advertising, like tv has.
    Sometimes there are so many tv ads you forget what you were even watching.
    If they do that, I’ll learn to play the sitar instead.