YouTube has named a date for the launch of YouTube Red subscriptions and clarified exactly what your heard earned cash will get you. YouTube Red will launch in the US on 28th October. Subscribers to YouTube Read will get "the ultimate YouTube experience," which is summed up as; more choice, more ways to support your favourite YouTubers and be able to watch videos - online or offline - without ad interruptions.
As mentioned in the headline, a YouTube Red subscription will cost you $9.99 per month. Initially rolling out stateside only, Google is sweetening the deal by throwing in a subscription to Google Play Music. It works both ways, if you are a paying subscriber to the music service you will get YouTube Red thrown in. The first month of your YouTube Red subscription will be free, as a month's trial.
- Ad free videos wherever you sign in
- Save shows and watch them offline
- Play YouTube in the background or with the screen off
- Bonus: access to Google Play Music
YouTube Red membership works across the full family of apps, of course. So you can enjoy the subscriber benefits in the recently released YouTube Gaming app and in the YouTube Kids app. In the near future a music orientated YouTube app, called YouTube Music, will be released, and users of that can enjoy 'Red' benefits too.
Further attractions are being worked upon by YouTube to make the subscription even more compelling. The official blog says that from early next year there will be member-only access to new, original shows and movies from some of YouTube's biggest creators.
The list of original shows/films includes the following:
- Scare PewDiePie: a reality-adventure series
- Sing It!: a scripted comedy that lovingly satirizes the reality singing competitions
- Single by 30: In this romantic drama series
- Fight of the Living Dead: famous YouTubers trapped in "a frighteningly realistic zombie apocalypse"
- A Trip to Unicorn Island: feature-length movie gives fans a look inside the life and journey of Lilly Singh on a 26-city tour
YouTube assures us that the current free offering isn't going to change, and you will still be able to enjoy YouTube, YouTube Kids, Gaming and Music apps free of charge. On the other side of the equation it's interesting to note that YouTube creators (AKA YouTubers) are being forced to sign a new its revenue share deal for the purposes of YouTube Red, or else have all their content removed.