By Sahil Patel
Digital video platform Showyou, which has been gradually transforming from a pure video discovery service to a channels-based platform, is now introducing paid subscriptions as part of its overall offering.
Available today via the Showyou Channel Platform, creators and publishers on the service now have the ability to set up ad-free subscription channels. This can be done via a new “channel store,” which is initially available on Showyou.com and the platform’s iOS app. It will come to other apps and platforms Showyou is available on in the coming months, the company said in a blog post.
The paid channels will give viewers two ways to watch content from their favorite creators and publishers: either a continuous, “TV-like” stream or individually selecting videos on the channel page.
Showyou isn’t launching these updates empty handed. In addition to the product update, the company has announced that Above Average, the online comedy video brand from “SNL” boss Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, and IndieFlix, which offers indie films, have launched paid channels on the platform.
IndieFlix has more than 5,000 films within its library, spanning festival award winners, experimental features, and classic indies. Above Average, which primarily operates a network of channels on YouTube, is known for shows like “Sound Advice” with Vanessa Bayer, “7 Minutes in Heaven” with Mike O’Brien, and “The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People.”
“Whether you’re a publisher with a library of 10,000 films, or a YouTube creator, Showyou offers a new place to reach your fans; to offer them a beautiful, engaging way to watch your programming; and to make a living without having to rely (or solely rely) on advertising,” said Showyou in the post.
Image via Showyou blog