I've just ordered the subscription but I don't see it as a fee for watching those videos only.
I'm a frequent reader of LuLa for many years and when I've switched from wet dark room to photoshop I've learned most of the new nuts and bolts from LuLa. Furthermore LuLa's discussion forum is the most civilized and skilled community in the internet I've got to know so far. That's why I am really grateful for all the valuable support Michael and his team delivers.
Having said this I consider my 150 bucks per year as a donation for publishing this outstanding web-site. Compared to the budget I spend for my passion this price seems more than fair to me.
You just woke me up to something that had been simmering in the back of my mind for some time, I just did not know it. Because of Mike & Jeff (Seth too) with their reasonably priced tutorials on Lightroom, Photoshop and printing, I was able to learn how to make use those programs and make fabulous prints in no time flat with relatively little expense. The material they put out would take many years of experience to gather on your own. I have this metal block about subscriptions until just now when I read your post. You are right.
The Video Journals allow me inexpensively to see the world without leaving my home, to go places I cannot afford both time & money wise. I forget about the articles that are free for the asking about nearly any subject photographic. The insight & reviews published here are of great value, also free. The help & tutelage you receive on the forums from industry professionals, also Free, Andrew Rodney, Jeff Schewe & Eric Chan are some names that come to mind, not to mention the various talented photographers that post regularly ... Priceless. Damn, here I was worried about being disappointed in another post. Shame on me. It is a bargain at the price. I shudder to think how many times I blew $150 on meaningless crap. Thanks for waking me up Harald.
On another note, I started in on the new Capture One video. Once I figured out how this purple people eater player thingy works. I like what I see so far & I only have viewed the first two chapters.