• @maniajack
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      4011 months ago

      And also, are people who are determined not to watch advertising going to be the ones that cave and buy some crap if you can force them to watch it?

      • McBinary
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        1911 months ago

        Exactly - If anything ever happens to permanently disable my ability to block advertisements, I’ll drop that service cold and never look back.

      • @Tentaclius
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        1111 months ago

        I don’t think google cares if you buy stuff or not. They are just selling ads.

        But I agree with overall idea: if the ads become unavoidable, I’ll just stop watching youtube.

        • @[email protected]
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          111 months ago

          What if… We all got YouTube Premium, is Google then earning more or breakeven, when they cannot sell or display ads? I mean, there are companies paying Google to display there ads, that revenue would be gone.

    • ColonelSanders
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      2511 months ago

      Companies are going out of their way to ignore the fact that “the easiest way to stop piracy is not by putting antipiracy technology to work. It’s by giving those people a service that’s better than what they’re receiving from the pirates.” - Gabe Newell

      I consider adblocking to be in the same boat. Piracy/Adblocking only exists because it’s not a pricing issue. It’s a service issue. By making the free version even more intrusive ON PURPOSE, they’re not pushing as many people to buy a subscription as they are pushing people to install adblockers. If YouTube only ever showed a quick 10-15 sec ad at the very beginning of a video, I’d be less inclined to go out of my way to find and install an adblocker (and maybe even eventually just buy a subscription) than if they force feed me back to back, 30-second, unskippable ads.

      It’s the same with those stupid fucking commercials that run ALL the time and try and be as annoying as possible. If I find your ad to be annoying and frequent and shoved down my throat all the time, I will vehemently and actively go out of my way to AVOID that product, not be more inclined to buy it.

    • Briongloid
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      11 months ago

      Decreasing the convenience of ad blocking, makes the subscription more convenient in comparison.

      A percentage of people will genuinely sub from this, they don’t exactly lose any bandwidth from those who don’t.

    • RexKev
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      311 months ago

      It’s been years since I saw an ad on YouTube.

      It’s really annoying and I was even surprised when I got to know they have implemented multiple ads on a single video.

      Last time I saw an ad was when it was a single ad in the beginning of the video.