Pewdiepie misses some very fundamental things when he was talking about YouTube’s new service called Youtube Red, such as that plenty of the ads that gets shown on YouTube do not serve any productive purpose other than YouTube being able to say that they showed the ad to someone. I am not going to fly to Russia to buy some food supplement just because YouTube shows me a commercial. So showing me the ad provides no benefit to the company who bought it. It is just YouTube ripping off both me and the buyer of the ad space. Why pay lip service to a system that doesn’t work? Cut out the middle man, make Budweiser or Penis Pills R Us find another way to sell their shit. Below is a few key points that Pewdiepie bought up that I don’t agree with:
# YouTube Red exist largely as an effort to counter Adblock.
Pewdiepie if you have not noticed Adblock is free, Youtube Red is 10$ a month in subscription fees. So Youtube Red is already at a disadvantage, so people will continue to use Adblock it is simple economics.
# Using Adblock doesn’t mean you’re clever and above the system.
Pewdiepie you are losing about what? 40% revenue on your videos if people use Adblock. And yet you still manage to make 10 million a year. It must be so devastating (/sarcasm). Really Pewdiepie, going to insult AdBlock users? Doesn’t help your argument at all. We get our YouTube without the annoying ads, and you don’t get paid. I think we win, and you are upset because you are losing. Not like you need more money anyways.
# YouTube Red exist because using Adblock has actual consequences.
Why pay $10 a month, when I can get it for free with AdBlock. I will stop using AdBlock when sites stop using obnoxious ads. Yesterday I watch a video on GameTrailers without AdBlock turned on and watched a 3 minute commercial on some food supplements to watch a minute and a half trailer. I feel zero shame and zero guilt and feel absolutely nothing for people like Pewdiepie when using AdBlock on sites like YouTube. In closing I think unless you’re Markaplier or Pewdepie you don’t actually make much money on ad revenue on YouTube. That’s why you see a lot of channels get sponsorship deals. Or why a lot of people on YouTube use patreon, and I think Pwedepie knows this and knows that people using AdBlock eats into his bottom line and that annoys him.