Monday, October 26, 2015

YouTube Red Already Blocking Content in US

YouTube is undergoing a number of changes and testing out subscription programs, as reported just over a week ago. One of last weeks' big announcements was YouTube Red. For $9.99 a month you can watch YouTube videos ad free, save videos to watch offline on your PC, mobile, or tablet devices, it extends to their Gaming and Music apps, and starting next year it'll allow subscribers to gain access to YouTube Original Content.

It sounds great! But there's already a problem with the plan. Companies who have not signed YouTube's new privacy and monitization rules are now having their videos blocked and/or videos of their product created by users are no longer view-able. If you attempt to play a video of a review of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, you'll see the "not available in your country" message. And there isn't a darn thing you can do about it. Right now the only blocked videos appear to surround Japanese gaming companies who haven't signed YouTube's new policy. Which seems weird that content would be blocked in the US. It's a way for YouTube to strong arm the companies into signing on because who knows how many hundreds of thousands of hits they're now missing out on (hits that could generate into game sales). But blocked content? Here? On an internet service that tends to be the most open and lax with their policies?

Random, did you know that the Backstreet Boys can't be played or broadcasted in Germany via YouTube? Copyright issue. I found out about it earlier this year with my podcast that an entire video is not available in Germany for one song that was only used in part by the program.

Whelp, it looks like the US is not immune to this either. I guess...good luck YouTube? Though now we have to wonder how shady your practices are going to go just to get people to pay for content that has always been free.

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