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YouTube launches pilot of 53 channels including UFC Select

YouTube has launched over 50 new subscription channels including a UFC channel and more. 

Described the launch as a pilot, YouTube says that more channels including a Sesame Street channel, are on the horizon.

Right now, you can access family-friendly channels like Baby First Plus and DHX Junior TV for £1.49/month and £2.49/month each. There’s also motorbike maintenance show Fix My Hog Premium (£4.49/month) and fitness channels iAmplify Fitness and Yoga (both £3.49/month each).

UFC Select will be of particular interest to UK fans of the sport. Keen followers of mixed martial arts (MMA) will have noted that BT Sport has snapped up live broadcast rights

YouTube launches 53 subscription channels including UFC Select
UFC Select will give MMA fans the chance to watch classic bouts of ultimate fisticuffs online

The UFC Select channel promises full event replays, classic fights, and full episodes of UFC shows like UFC Unleashed and the Best of Pride, and so could be seen as a nice side order to BT Sport’s coverage. Costing £3.99/month it’s not a huge ask considering BT Sport will be bundled free with BT Broadband, or from £12/month if you want to watch it on Sky TV.

Sadly, not all of the YouTube launch channels are available in the UK. Recombu Digital is gutted to learn that The Asylum Net, home of quality titles such as Snakes on a Train and Nazis at the Centre of the Earth isn’t yet available over here. What gives YouTube?

We’re also a little sad to see that some of the US monthly prices start at 99 cents, or about 65p. While this is a pilot and so very much early days, we think that some will see this as Rip Off Britain rearing its head again.

YouTube says on its blog post that:

“We’ll be rolling paid channels out more broadly in the coming weeks as a self-service feature for qualifying partners. And as new channels appear, we’ll be making sure you can discover them, just as we’ve been helping you find and subscribe to all the channels you love across YouTube.”

At any rate, those who want to try before they buy can make good use of a free 14-day trial period. Once you’re subscribed, you’ll be able to watch channels on your desktop and laptop as well as on phones, tablets and smart TVs with the latest version of YouTube.

Check out the YouTube subscription channels here.

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