This is more of a prediction really. But it's more common sense than prophecy so it's here for chit-chat.
I watch a lot of youtube. Traditional cable is on the way out and more people are viewing through steaming, slingbox devices, and sites like
But how long before these cheaper, more convenient alternatives become the new face of the evil media empires so many people are attempting to flee
Often while watching youtube, a video will freeze for no apparent reason and youtube has a handy little message that says "Experiencing
interruptions? Click here to find out why."
Admittedly, I never clicked. I know the reason why. YOU, tube, you interrupted my video. Funny how I never see ads interrupted in between videos.
And now they're pushing Youtube Red pretty damn hard. Not a video goes by without that little pop-up asking me if I want to try ad-free experience,
or sign up for a free trial.
The push is there, and it can only mean one thing.
With traditional cable dying, the alternatives are poised to leap on the carcass, that is we, the consumers.
I see sites like youtube waiting for just the right moment to introduce either paid membership only or some sort of pay hierarchy. I think services
like Netflix and Hulu and so forth will soon see rises in their subscription prices. I think once cable is dead for sure, the new bank breakers will
be ready to step in.
The alternatives of today will become the new monopolies that hit us right in the wallet of tomorrow.
I think in the next 5-10 years we will see youtube transform into pay-only content, while the prices of Netflix etc. will significantly increase.
In a statement sent to Business Insider, a YouTube spokesperson said: "We’re pleased with momentum behind YouTube Red and we’re seeing healthy
growth of members each month. While we don't release or comment on speculative numbers, we’re seeing strong engagement of the service in the four
countries we’ve launched, leading us to invest in more originals series and movies for 2017 and increased marketing of YouTube Music."