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Vessel subscription service looks to reshape economics of online video
Vessel subscription service looks to reshape economics of online video

The teenagers and twentysomethings whose devotion to the stars of YouTube has forged a new class of celebrities will soon encounter a new way to support their favorite video creators. A growing contingent of videomakers plans to post videos to a new subscription service at least 72 hours before the same videos go live on YouTube or elsewhere on the Web, the well-funded and much-anticipated start-up Vessel announced Wednesday. Whether the key demographic of 14-to-24-year-olds sees $2.99 a month as being worth that early access to fresh content could determine what video built for the Web looks like for years to come. Vessel, founded by Hulu’s founding chief executive Jason Kilar...

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