After months of rumors, Google has finally unveiled its new subscription service for YouTube. It is called YouTube Red and for $10 dollars a month you can enjoy YouTube without ads, watch exclusive content and access extra features.
YouTube Red without ads
Today, most videos on YouTube are accompanied by ads. By subscribing to YouTube Red you can get access to the full catalogue of content without any advertisement. The service will be available starting next week on October 28th.
In addition to an ads-free YouTube subscribers will gain access to addition features. It will be possible to download all videos and playlists onto your mobile device for when you are offline. The subscription service will also work with YouTube Gaming and YouTube Music; a new app unveiled today. Subscribing to YouTube Red will also give you access to Google Play Music - and vice versa.
Early next year, YouTube Red will include exclusive content by YouTube stars, including PewDiePie and CollegeHumor. The ten first “Originals” have already been announced and more will be added along the way. TechCrunch reports that there have been some skepticism among YouTube contributors but that Google has forced them to sign a contract to make their content available on Red or see their content set to “private”, effectively removing it from the public. Google argues that its is to ensure that content is available on both services, and adds that 99% of the contributors have signed up.
YouTube Red will launch in the US on October 28th with a free one month trial. After that it will cost $9.99 dollars a month, which is the same price as Netflix. The service will roll out to more countries “soon”.
Exclusive content on YouTube Red
Scare PewDiePie: In this reality-adventure series from the creator and executive producers of The Walking Dead at Skybound Entertainment and Maker Studios, experience thrills, chills and laughter as PewDiePie encounters terrifying situations inspired by his favorite video games.
Sing It!: From Fine Brothers Entertainment and Mandeville Films comes SING IT!, a scripted comedy that lovingly satirizes the reality singing competitions that have become a centerpiece of pop culture.
Lazer Team: In this feature-length action-comedy from Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films, four small-town losers stumble upon an alien ship carrying a mysterious cargo, leading to a battle to save Earth from an all-powerful enemy.
A Trip to Unicorn Island: From the team at Astronauts Wanted, this feature-length movie gives fans an extraordinary look inside the life and journey of Lilly Singh as she embarks on a challenging 26-city global tour where she has to remember to practice what she preaches: happiness is the only thing worth fighting for.
Untitled Joey Graceffa project: In this all-new reality adventure series, Joey Graceffa brings together an ensemble of top YouTubers for a murder mystery they'll never forget. They'll form alliances to survive, but little do they know that most won't make it out alive.
360 Project from MatPat of Game Theory: YouTube educator and pop culture expert MatPat from The Game Theorists invites the audience to come along for the ride in an innovative new series and 360 VR experience. In each episode Matt explores the real-life science behind popular video games by throwing gamers into the high-stakes scenarios they play through every day, from water jetpacks to haunted pizzerias.
Single by 30: In this romantic drama series from Wong Fu Productions and New Form Digital, two high school best friends make a promise to get married if they’re still single at 30. A decade later, with 30 quickly approaching, their attempt at upholding their vow unfolds in unexpected ways. Starring Harry Shum, Jr. and Kina Grannis.
Untitled CollegeHumor project: Written by and starring the cast of CollegeHumor, along with special guests, this new anthology series will take a dark and comedic look at the absurdity of Internet culture.
Fight of the Living Dead: In an unprecedented social experiment reality show from Alpine Labs, Fight of the Living Dead takes popular YouTube talent and traps them in a frighteningly realistic zombie apocalypse. They must use their instincts and gaming skills to survive as they battle the elements for the ultimate prize of survival.
I Am Tobuscus: From the mind of Toby Turner, this scripted comedy explores the world of a self-involved YouTube creator pursuing bigger stardom. The show features original music, and satirizes the hilarious details of being an eccentric, new-age celebrity.