On October 28, YouTube has announced that the video sharing platform will introduce YouTube Red, a new subscription option that will allow members to watch videos across all of YouTube, and on all devices, without the ads!
Essentially, it’s like what Hulu finally did recently.
But that’s not all you get with your subscription, which will cost you $9.99. You will also be able to save videos to watch offline on your phone or tablet, and also play videos in the background. Your membership extends across devices and anywhere you sign into YouTube, including their recently launched Gaming app and a brand new YouTube Music app that’s been announced today, available soon.
YouTube Red also works with Google Play Music, so if you subscribe to one, you automatically get access to the other.
But wait, there’s more…
Starting early next year, YouTube Red subscribers will have "member-only" access to new, original shows and movies created by some of YouTube’s most popular content creators. You can read all about these "Originals" that are coming to YouTube Red, here.
As of launch, it looks like YouTube Red will only be available to USA users, although there are plans to bring it to other countries.
This doesn’t mean that the current free, ad-supported version of YouTube will be affected. It’s not going anywhere. The $9.99 a month YouTube Red will is just another option for those who appreciate the perks that come along with it.
Viewers in the U.S. can try YouTube Red for free with a one-month trial on October 28 and YouTube Music will be coming soon.