Is YouTube Premium Worth $15.99 per Month

YouTube Premium at a Glance

I love YouTube. I most days, I watch more content on YouTube than on traditional television. Recently I started a free trial of YouTube Premium because there is a particular documentary that I wanted to watch and forgot to cancel it. Now I am wondering, why is Google charging $15.99/ month for a few exclusives and commercial-free viewing.

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Personally, I don’t mind the commercials. I do not like them, but they do not make the videos I like unviewable. Some videos have more commercials than others. I guess that depends on whether or not the poster has monetized their content or not. I truly believe in people making money off creativity but I wonder exactly how much is going to content creator and how much does Google keep for itself.

The original content available on YouTube is great. I started the free trial to watch the G Funk documentary and have watched a few other documentaries and shows. In the back of my mind, I feel like they will eventually release the premium content for free. Google should create a structure where the premium content becomes available for free after a certain length of time.

The Conclusion

While the premium content is very good, there is not enough of it at this point to justify a $15.99 price tag. Generally, the price of online services do not go down, they sort of grow into worthiness and then go up. I would be very interested to know how many paying subscribers there are for the premium service alone. Since the premium service is not included with the TV service is would be interesting to know how many subscribers have both services. It would be nice if Google would consider dropping the price for a year or combine the service with the tv service for a lower price. I have really gotten used to not seeing commercials and would like to continue paying for the content.
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