Google is offering a new way for you to watch videos on YouTube — and a new way for publishers to make money. Starting today you can subscribe to premium channels for $0.99 per month and up.
Paid channels include kids content such as National Geographic Kids and Jim Henson Family TV, and more adult content including UFC fighting, B-movie channel The Asylum, Qello concert performances.
14-day free trials of each channel are available, and most offer ad-free content.
Here are some of the day’s top tech news stories from around the web.
- YouTube launches subscriptions for paid channels starting at $0.99 per month (Sesame Street, UFC, etc)
It’s everything you love about YouTube, but now with subscription fees. Oh yeah, and you get access to channels of premium content like full episodes of Sesame Street without having to pay for content you don’t watch (as you would with Netflix or Hulu Plus). It’s the kind of a la carte pricing we’ll probably never see from the cable industry. [YouTube]
- Chrome OS isn’t just a browser – Polarbit’s Cracking Sands Racing game downloads 500MB and runs offline
Folks like to say that Chrome OS is just a glorified web browser. But while Google’s OS for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes is based on a browser, it can also download and run apps from the Chrome Web Store — including pretty slick looking games that work even without an internet connection. [GigaOm]
- Raspberry Pi hack: Create an all-in-one PC by integrating the Pi in an LCD monitor
What do you do when you’ve got a computer that’s about the size of pack of cards, a 20 inch LCD, and a desire for an all-in-one desktop? You pull out the screwdriver and a soldering iron! [Raspberry Pi]
- Asus “Transform” teaser for Computex 2013
Asus plans to showcase some new stuff at the Computex trade show in Taiwan starting later this month. The company isn’t saying what stuff it’ll have on hand, but this teaser video shows a tablet with a stylus, among other things. [YouTube]
- HP ElitePad 900 Windows 8 business tablet reviewed
It looks good, and offers extended functionality thanks to a series of jackets. But apparently it’s even more sluggish than other tablets with Intel Atom processors. The reviewers also don’t really point out that some Windows 8 features such as window-snapping don’t work on a 1280 x 800 pixel display. [Engadget]
- Cozyswan S400 Android TV stick with RK3188 on the way
It’s hardly the first Android mini PC to feature an RK3188 quad-core processor. But this upcoming Cozyswan S400 also has an external antenna, which should help with WiFi performance. [Alibaba]