Google announced late last night that it had launched paid-for YouTube channels with a small group of partners, with the promise that it would become more widely available “in the coming weeks”.
According to Google, paid channels will be a self-service feature available for qualifying partners.
Subscriptions start from $0.99 per month and every channel has a 14-day free trial.
“Just as the partner program empowered creators to take their channels to the next level, we look forward to seeing how this great community of creators moves ahead with a new way to reach the fan communities that made their channels a hit,” YouTube wrote on its blog.
“This paid channel is unavailable in your country.”
Asked why the channels were not available in SA and whether South Africans would be able to subscribe to paid YouTube channels in future, a spokesperson for Google South Africa explained that it’s in the hands of the content owners themselves.
“Partners determine what countries their channels are available, and we’re working to bring more subscribing and viewing options across devices,” Google SA said.