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YouTube just might be the greatest time-waster ever invented, and most Internet users probably spend time on the site on a fairly regular basis. One of the great things about YouTube is that it’s free, but that’s could all change very soon.

According to the Huffington Post, sometime this year as the Google-owned company will start implementing paid subscriptions. Meaning certain content would be available only if you paid YouTube a monthly fee.

I don’t know about you, but I think “the Internet” is going to be peeved.

Before you throw your keyboard across the room, keep in mind that the subscriptions will not be mandatory and they will not be expensive. Huffington Post says the subscription prices will be between $1-$5 per month. And no, Grandma won’t have to pay to see your vacation videos in California because YouTube will be picking specific content that will be offered under the paid subscriptions.

At first I was dumbfounded by this news, but the more I read about it, the more I think this could be the way of the future. My biggest complaint about satellite and cable TV providers is that I only want about a dozen channels. I don’t care about having 350+ channels on my TV; I just want a few channels I actually watch. And if I could get each of those channels for a couple bucks a month, I’d drop my TV provider (And my stupid-high monthly bill)  in a heartbeat.

But still, the idea of paying to watch anything on YouTube just seems…wrong.