Why downloading will be allowed (Score: 1) by email@example.com on 2015-10-28 20:03 (#RXGF) From http://gizmodo.com/youtubers-are-up-in-arms-about-youtube-red-1738022087"the company says it will give YouTube Red partners a majority of the subscription revenue they bring in. YouTube hasnâ€™t specified the exact amount, but it will be based on your watch time."Reading this literally -- downloaded content has no "watch time" ... and therefore would not garner payment for the content creators. Re: Why downloading will be allowed (Score: 1) by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2015-10-30 17:11 (#S406) I don't know that I would agree that downloaded content has no watch time. I would assign it the watch time of the video length as a first iteration. In any case any deal without specifics, isn't meant to be taken as the final word or anything other than a first draft. If it were me designing it, I'd have a multiplier on the video time for each download based on the number of shares/likes and rewatch factor of the video in question. If the average viewer re-views a video online 3 times and shares it, then each download would count as three complete views plus a fudge factor of maybe two for the shares that are potentially lost? Its complicated, but not impossible for youtube.