I always hated the ads, especially ones which don't allow you to skip which are becoming more common. However, I've always put up with them because I know there are many people who literally make a living by providing entertainment for me when I get bored. To many people, producing videos to upload online is a trivial activity, but it is certainly an expensive hobby and those who do produce quality content have every right to place ads galore on their videos; I'm fine with that. To me the ads are a small inconvenience for the substantial content I get in return.
When I have to pay, out of my own pocket, for that content is where the line is crossed however. YouTube has always been the one to rely on for fast and convenient viewing whenever you want it. I shouldn't have to subscribe for some weekly vlog or gameplay commentary, or short home made film. There are other services available for those who want to fund projects.
The very reason YouTube is so great and successful is because we don't have that, unlike Netflix and the like. The internet used to be the place for freedom, and now everything regarding finance is online from banking to video streaming, and even online news. Considering how big Google is, and how much traffic YouTube recieves on a daily basis, I find it hard to believe that Ad revenue is not sufficient to maintain the service. Those with ad-block probably account for less than 40% of that traffic.
I find it ridiculous they're considering such a thing, turning YouTube into all the other bullsh*t, hassling subscription services we're now surrounded by. As much as I want to support quality YouTube producers, this is a step in the wrong direction as far as I'm concerned. I made my peace with the Ads. If I want subscription
entertainment I'll buy a f*cking Sky box.
Edited by SmC12, 09 May 2013 - 02:43 PM.