Youtube has finally launched its long rumoured subscription service in the form of Youtube Red. The service will offer everything that Youtube normally does, plus a few extra features. While the focus is partially on the removal of ads for paying customers, Youtube is also preparing to launch exclusive content for subscribers.
The US$9.99 (about RM43) per month subscription completely removes ads for users, while also providing them with the option to download videos for watching offline. The Youtube Red subscription also covers Google Play Music, and those who have a Google Play Music will gain access to the premium content on Youtube Red.
Premium content will be appearing next year, with shows from a host of Youtube content creators already in the works. PewDiePie is set to star in his own reality series style show called Scare PewDiePie, where he encounters situations inspired by video games. Other shows are being developed by RoosterTeeth, Wong Fu Productions, and Collegehumor.
Now, the catch to Youtube Red is that it is tied to an individual account. There does not yet seem to be any family package deals, which is rather disappointing considering the substantial cost of the subscription. It could be that Youtube has one in the works, and there is still time to announce it before Youtube Red goes live. A free trial is starting up in the US at the end of this month, with no information about a global launch.