Paid content discontinued 1 January 2018

Over the past few years we've released a number of new programmes and services, like Super Chat and YouTube Red, to give creators more ways to monetise their content. We also announced that we'll be opening up Sponsorships to more YouTube Gaming creators, which lets their fans support them directly with monthly payments.

To help us focus our resources on improving these programmes, we've discontinued paid channel subscriptions and paid content offerings on 1 January 2018. Individual videos purchased (not rented) will be accessible to purchasers until 1 January 2023, per purchase terms.

Here's the timeline for the paid content discontinuation:

  • 1 January 2023: Viewers can continue to access individual videos purchased (not rented) until 1 January 2023, per purchase terms.
  • 1 January 2018: All paid content automatically made private. Content owners still have full control over keeping these videos private or making them public (as free videos to watch).
  • 1 December 2017: Viewers no longer charged for any existing subscriptions.
  • 19 September 2017: Creators can no longer add new paid content to YouTube, and new viewers no longer able to pay to subscribe to creator content.

These changes do not apply to YouTube Red Originals, movies or TV shows rented/purchased on YouTube, Google Play Movies/TV or Live PPV.

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