Paid content discontinued 1 January 2018

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

To help us focus our resources on improving these programs, we 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.

Some videos that were previously available for purchase are only available to viewers who bought them in the past. On these videos you will see the error message 'This video requires payment to watch'.
If you see this error message, you will not be able to watch the video. You'll only be able to watch a paid video if you bought it before 19 September 2017. We are aware of this problem and are working to resolve it. 

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 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 Premium Originals, movies or TV shows rented/purchased on YouTube, Google Play Movies/TV or Live PPV.

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