You Can Try the So-Called YouTube Killer, Vessel, Right Now

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Last week, former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar soft-launched his new subscription-based video website to content creators. Now, anyone can go and poke around and watch some video.

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For now, you can get a single month of free access to explore what the site offers—just sign up for an invite here. Thereafter, it'll cost you $3 per month. You'll only be able to watch on the web or iOS for now, but it's said that an Android app is coming soon.

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Vessel's business model is to lure YouTube stars over to the new platform by paying them more—in the region of $50 per thousand views, rather than just $2 per thousand. How successful that will prove remains to be seen, especially given that the pay-for site will only offer a three-day exclusivity window, after which footage will be fair game on YouTube. But hey, at least now you can find out for yourself. [Vessel]

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DISCUSSION

"Finally, YouTube that I have to pay for!" - nobody

Best of luck I guess, but are YouTube 'stars' really going to draw enough $3/mo. viewers to make Vessel a viable product? Obviously they think so, but it strikes me as unlikely that many of PewDiePie's subscribers are going to want to pay to keep watching him.