Interested in making your video content available for rent on YouTube?
That means “John Doe” will be able to upload a video to YouTube and then charge viewers to watch it. When the plan is in place it will provide additional sources of revenue for both YouTube and users. Currently, the only way a YouTube user can earn money is through the Partnership Program, where YouTube displays ad’s on popular videos and shares some of the revenue with the video creators.
Few details about the YouTube Rentals plan, like who can charge for access to their videos, how much they can charge and how long rental periods can be are available yet, but this screen shot seems to indicate the obvious.
The YouTube Rentals beta is currently available only to content owners in the U.S.
Here’s the latest information on the subject from YouTube.
Introducing the beta of YouTube Rentals, a pay-to-view model on YouTube. Providing content owners a new way to generate revenue on the site, YouTube Rentals allows partners greater flexibility to monetize a variety of videos, provides full control over their content, and allows content owners to tap into the world’s largest online video community.