YouTube and Google Subscription Services Are Now a  Billion Annual Business, CEO Says

YouTube and Google Subscription Services Are Now a $15 Billion Annual Business, CEO Says

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Alphabet’s suite of digital subscription services — including YouTube Premium, YouTube Music, YouTube TV and Google One cloud storage — are on a $15 billion annual revenue run rate, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.

The $15 billion annualized revenue figure from subscriptions is up fivefold since 2019, Pichai told analysts on Alphabet’s Q4 2023 earnings call.

“YouTube is the key driver of our subscription revenues,” Pichai said. “YouTube Music and Premium have real momentum. They are engaging passionate users and driving great returns for the music industry and creators.”

YouTube TV “also is doing well,” he said. Pichai said that NFL Sunday Ticket, the out-of-market games package which became exclusively available in the U.S. on YouTube for the 2023 season, “has found its perfect home on YouTube.” Google is reportedly paying the NFL as much as $2.5 billion per year over the course of the seven-year pact for the rights to Sunday Ticket.

Philipp Schindler, chief business officer of Google, said on average each Premium subscriber boosts earnings for content creators, music and media partners, and YouTube itself.

The company did not provide a breakdown of revenue by service, nor did it update the number of subscribers it has.

For Q4, YouTube’s ad revenue was $9.20 billion, up 15.5% year over year and in line with Wall Street expectations; that does not include subscription revenue. Overall, Alphabet beat expectations with revenue of $86.31 billion (up 13.5%) and earnings per share of $1.64.

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