It would be a lot cheaper. They’re trying to do a subscription model with Youtube Red or whatever its called now but their primary way is boring old advertising.
But what kept the eyes watching Youtube for long stretches is also a cursed thing: Their awful Recommendation engine.
That’s what makes Youtube crap. You can’t turn it off either. It’s worse if you use Autoplay, as it’ll take you to some dark corners quickly.
as much as youtube tries to button it up, it’s a bandaid.
I like testing it to see how long it takes to bring me into a dark corner. It’s improved: what used to take 3 moves now takes 5 or 6 but it’ll still take you there.