YouTube Mulls Subscription-Based Service

YouTube is considering the introduction of a premium, subscription-based video service.The video giant is holding conversations with program providers about adding more top-shelf content to its channels but putting it behind a pay-wall as some newspapers have done, sources say.

BBC Confirms TV Download Pay Service

BBC Director General Mark Thompson has confirmed plans for an iTunes-style download service that will allow viewers to buy shows minutes after they have finished on TV.

Amazon, Viacom Close To Web Video Deal Inc is about to announce a Web video deal with Viacom Inc in what sources said was one of the last steps in a plan to launch a standalone subscription service to compete with Netflix Inc. The online retailer will unveil the deal as soon as this week, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

Verizon, Redbox To Offer Streaming Service

Verizon and Coinstar Inc., Redbox’s parent, said Monday that the service will be national and available to non-Verizon customers as well. It adds another dimension to Verizon’s quest to become a force in home entertainment, and will compete with Netflix.

Hulu Lowers Premium Plan To $7.99

Internet video company Hulu slashed the price of its subscription service Hulu Plus, which made its official debut on Wednesday. Hulu knocked down the monthly cost to $7.99 from the preview price of $9.99. Users who subscribed to the preview service, which was available in June, will receive a credit for the price difference, the company said