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Vessel lures YouTube stars to its subscription site
Would you pay for YouTube?
Vessel thinks people will.
I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update.
There's a new online video site that's recruiting some of the biggest stars from YouTube.
Vessel launched Tuesday to the public, and it's pitching itself as a premium version of YouTube, only showing high quality short-form videos.
From preapproved outlets.
If you want to among the first to watch a video from your favorite show on Vessel, you'll have to pay $3 a month.
Some of YouTube's biggest names will be publishing their videos first on Vessel with the goal of making more money than YouTube by getting a cut of the subscription.
But will people pay to watch?
In most cases, if you wait three days after a video publishes, you can see it for free on Vessel, or free on YouTube.
Some traditional media outlets are providing free content, including Sports Illustrated, Discovery, People magazine, and The New York Times.
The commercials are also different on vessel.
As before videos, are five seconds long.
And the site is peppered with animated graphics and sponsors.
If you think of YouTube of free public access television, well then vessel is HBO.
But to get the numbers up quickly, and to get people using it, vessel is giving a [INAUDIBLE].
Free full year of access to anyone who signs up by Thursday.
Vessel was created by former executives at Hulu, and it's been backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
But perhaps Bezos is more focused this week on his Amazon-owned video site.
It announced it was hacked Monday and reset all user passwords.
It's possible some credit card details could have been compromised, along with emails, passwords, phone numbers, addresses, birthdays, basically the dream loot for identity thieves.
Twitch is a hub for video game players to upload clips and broadcast their gameplay.
Fans can subscribe and donate to their favorite players.
Amazon purchased the site in August for $970 million.
Twitch has about 65 million visitors a month.
In other online video news, the NFL announced that for the first time rights to broadcast a regular season football game, will be sold to a major internet company instead of a television network.
The October 25th game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.
Will still be broadcasted on free over the air channels for those teams' home markets, but for anyone outside those markets, you'll have to watch it over the internet.
It will not be on DirecTV's Sunday ticket package.
The digital rights for the game are being shopped around internet companies like YouTube and Facebook.
That's according to the Wall Street Journal.
The game will start at 9:30 in the morning eastern time, and will be played in London.
I guess, sometimes they play in London now.
That's your tech news update.
And you can stay updated at at cnet.com.
From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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