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Google in talks with TV networks to stream television shows on YouTube

Google is in talks with TV networks and studios to stream episodes of television shows for a fee on YouTube. YouTube wants to sell streams of individual episodes for $1.99 a pop. It would be akin to what Apple offers through iTunes, or Amazon offers on its site. The main difference: You can only stream episodes, not download them. If the deal finalizes, it’ll be interesting to see consumers reaction, as why would anyone pay when its available at same price as a download from Amazon or iTunes. Kafka reports YouTube and TV networks’re optimistic they can workout something. If YouTube pulls this off, it’ll be another part of its diversifying strategy. The site’s testing pre-roll ads, working with Vevo, music industry’s video site, and streaming plenty of professional content, in addition to all its user generated content.


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