Cross-posted from the Particls blog.
Needless to say that it doesnt bode well for YouTube if they did this. I too wouldn’t be too happy about it and am a self-confessed media junkie. But is this just the cost of doing business? Can we not come up with more creative ways of monetizing video?
What about this; Incremental random ads where volume of advertising is tied to popularity of a piece of content. So, the less popular videos will have no ads and then randomly show ads with increasingly frequency as the views/popularity increases.
This is on the assumption that people might be more inclined to accept ads for the more popular (and thus theoretically more interesting) videos.
Just my thoughts. I wonder if there is any other compromise?