If it is not self evident already with all of the deals being signed but it is pretty apparent that YouTube is about to become a mecca for commercial content. Every big player in the media industry is going to be line up at YouTube’s headquarters wanting to sign deals that get their commercial media in channels on YouTube.
I would bet that over the course of the next year YouTube that we know today will be much different and that the community of posters could become very Dis-enchanted with the influx of highly produced commercial content.
In return I am sure YouTube will create commercial subscription channels and the like so that consumers can get a media fix on content that they like. Lets just say that music artist will be paying YouTube to have their music videos placed on the service with it tied back directly into a sales division where people will be able to buy the music etc.
Wrap that around Googles advertising engine and what you end up with is a serious money making machine. The question is if they go down this road in a big way will it cause the community that they have built to find other places to put their content like Netscape.