Online network plans to charge subscribers for early access to popular YouTube videos


LOS ANGELES TIMES: Vessel will charge users $2.99 a month to see videos from YouTube stars before the public consumes them for free.

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LOS ANGELES TIMES: Vessel will charge users $2.99 a month to see videos from YouTube stars before the public consumes them for free.

The videomakers who plan to debut content on Vessel include GloZell Green, MinutePhysics, FailArmy, Brittani Louise Taylor, Shane Dawson and dozens more. Vessel also has exclusive content, such as a reality show about romantic relationships starring Alec Baldwin. The stars say they want to do more ambitious projects and that means finding ways to augment the income that they get from YouTube ads. Some have sold merchandise, become spokespeople for advertisers and dabbled with roles in TV. But while their fans have largely applauded those moves as a sign of success, the pay-for-content system has generated anger in online forums about Vessel and other platforms dividing fandoms.

“Basically what they’re saying is because someone is paying Vessel money, they are far more superior than the other fans,” went one online screed. “What if some fans can’t afford it? What if some fans, like myself, refuse to give into this scheme?”

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