Google’s YouTube is launching pay channels in partnership with producers and distributors.
The 53 channels initially offered included several from kid-focused distributors, including DHX Media, The Jim Henson Company and National Geographic Kids. DHX’s offer includes programming from American Greetings, whose licensing division American Greetings Properties is Pukeko’s licensor for much of its WotWots merchandising internationally.
Channels will be offered on an SVOD (monthly subscription) rather than a pay-per-view (PPV) basis, with or without ads at the channels’ discretion. Not all the channels will be available in all territories. Initially, viewers in 10 countries will be able to access the channels. The full channel list is here.
Magnet Releasing, the distribution division of Magnolia Pictures and distributors of the Ant Timpson-produced ABCs of Death, also has a channel, offering up its mix of action, horror and Asian titles, including such treats as Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins, Kem Saxton’s Sushi Girl and Jason Eisener’s Hobo With A Shotgun.