YouTube launches subscription channels


YouTube announced Thursday that it is launching a pilot program of paid channels on the video sharing site.

In a blog post, YouTube said that content creators often request "more flexibility in monetizing and distributing content." The company says there are over 1 million channels that currently generate revenue.

Subscription fees start at $0.99 per month, with a possibility for a 14-day trial. Videos will be available on multiple platforms, including computers, phones, tablets and TVs.

There are about 53 channels is the pilot program that range form educational to humor, like "National Geographic Kids," "Laugh Factory" and "UFC Select."

YouTube says it will roll out paid channels more broadly in the coming weeks.