Eventually, everyone has to pay for access to the Internet. Sure, sometimes you can tap into your neighbour's or a nearby store's Wi-Fi, but at some point you're going to need your own connection. This can ensure that you've got round-the-clock access to everything on the world wide web.
So, you go through the motions and seek out the right Internet service provider (ISP) that meets all your needs - high speeds, great customer service, the right price - and sign up. Increasingly, many people are finding that indie ISPs fit this description nicely.
We already pay for the Internet. So it might come as a shock to some consumers that Canadians may soon have to shell out a few more bucks to tap into some content on one of the most popular websites - YouTube.
Pay-per-view on YouTube becoming a reality?
According to The Associated Press, this may happen to all who visit the website sooner rather than later. The news source reported that in a few weeks, insiders say that YouTube representatives will announce that select channels are going to adopt a pay-per-view policy. A lot of content will still be available for free, though the news outlet indicated that subscribers may not have to sit through advertisements before videos.
While website reps said recently that they don't have any statement to make at the moment, The Financial Times suggested some of these channels might require a $1.99USD monthly subscription fee, the AP detailed.
The source said that people shouldn't be surprised that this is coming down the road, because website executives indicated in the past that they wanted to begin a paid video rental program as part of a subscription initiative.
How can some costs be mitigated?
So if this does truly happen, to tap into some popular videos, a number of Canadians will probably swallow the costs, albeit begrudgingly. If they go this route, they're probably going to be looking to cut expenses in other areas.
Luckily, Canadians don't have to pay a ton for the Internet in the first place, provided they go about it in the right way. Large providers may cost an arm and a leg sometimes, but indie companies offer a good alternative. They give their clients comparable internet access and speeds, usually with more focused service and better prices.
If individuals want to cut prices wherever they can if their favorite channels begin requiring subscriptions, indie ISPs are definitely the way to go.