Comment S406 Re: Why downloading will be allowed


ESPN videos forced off Youtube by new subscription service policy


Why downloading will be allowed (Score: 1)

by on 2015-10-28 20:03 (#RXGF)


"the company says it will give YouTube Red partners a majority of the subscription revenue they bring in. YouTube hasn'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 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.

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