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Model Railroaders videos on YouTube and The New YouTube Membership,
There is sort of money crunch needed by content creators or people that are serious about producing Model Railroad video content.
I feel the same thing that happened with MRH and the ability to fully produce content under the FREE window is no longer a viable option, whether it is MRH or YouTube etc. People have physical costs, production cost, equipment cost, time invested etc. and are starting to put request in for support (Some with hours of Cyber Begging on live streams), to keep up with this churn of producing video content for YouTube.
Granted they say nothing will change up front for the normal viewers. The same thing was said about MRH when Running Extra came out. At one point maybe a year from now or 5 years from now, will better quality YouTube channels like Luke Towan and Ron Mash all be locked behind a paywall? This is not only in the Model Train community it has been happening across the spectrum on multiple YouTube channels and other communities (Model AirCraft, Boating, Off-Road, Hot Rods, Car Repair, Cooking channels and more).
I have noticed that better articles by preferred authors are now being published in Running Extra as an example, At what point will the Free system no longer be viable for higher end free content? Are we seeing the changes from Free to pay for content chanel changeover right now on YouTube and other areas that used to be Free? Was Photobucket just the 1st wave?
I do find it interesting to see and read in the comments the exact same type of belly akin that came out when MRH added Running Extra and it's 2nd paywall. I do believe Trainmaster TV was the 1st Paywall, but it was never FREE!
Will this all just blow over or become the new normal of $2 here, $5 here and $3 there? Yes, people are mad about it now, but in a years time after the slow burn, will this be the new normal?
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