YouTube Downloads: The Begining of Something?

I saw this on Ars Technica: YouTube has begun to offer downloadable videos. Here’s an example:

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It’s in the lower left:

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I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that this is a test — in a public interested context — of a potential future premium service that will offer movies and TV in perhaps the way that Amazon and iTunes do today. YouTube is already integrated into several set-top boxes and available on TV. It will be more broadly available in the future. It’s not that much of a stretch to think of YouTube offering a paid premium service in this context.

What do you think?

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2 Responses to “YouTube Downloads: The Begining of Something?”

  1. joemescher Says:

    Yes, definitely going to monetize videos.

    Google’s recent slashing (goodbye Dodgeball) made clear the Mountain View company expects it’s properties to bring in strong revenues.

    I wonder how much revenue Google could bring in from homemade videos – like the guy who taped his girlfriend using a Wii Fit (over 7 million views) – along with syndicated TV/movie content???

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