YouTube Red | Price, content and release date
YouTube announces its very own streaming service, but is it worth your attention and when are we likely to see it in Australia?
Today, the third most popular website in the world, YouTube, has announced its very own paid streaming service, YouTube Red. The service, which will become available to US users on October 28, will offer ad-free videos, a new and improved music streaming platform (to work in conjunction with Google Play Music), and offline play across all devices.
This ad-free version gives you an uninterrupted viewing experience sitewide - including the gaming channel that launched recently - but the free, ad-supported YouTube we all know will remain exactly the same.
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YouTube Red will cost US residents $9.99 USD per month. This cost is all-inclusive and there are no premium costs for additional content and services. However, YouTube did manage to gloss over the fact that, while iOS users will have access to the subscription service, it’s going to cost them an extra $3.00 USD per month if they wish to stream on iPad or iPhone.
US residents will get access to the one 1-month free trial of YouTube Red from October 28. Though there’s no Australian release date or pricing at the time of writing, YouTube plans to make the service available internationally over the next 12 months.
Content: YouTube Red Original Series
Just as Netflix has done with House of Cards, Amazon with Transparent and (in the near future) Stan with No Activity, YouTube plans to lure paying customers with exclusive content from some of the biggest YouTube celebrities, like PewDiePie, Lilly Singh and MatPat of Game Theory. Though these series are sure to be a hit with younger audiences, there’s also some scripted comedy, like Lazer Team by Rooster Teeth and an untitled project from Collegehumor that’s described as an “anthology series [that] will take a dark and comedic look at the absurdity of Internet culture”.
Below is a complete list of the planned original content for YouTube Red:
|360 Project from MatPat of Game Theory||Pop culture theorist, MatPat, uses virtual reality to explore the real-world science behind the video games we play.||MatPat|
|A Trip to Unicorn Island||A feature-length movie that follows Lilly Singh on a tour across 26 cities.||Astronauts Wanted and Lilly Singh|
|I am Tobuscus||A scripted comedy that follows a self-centred web celebrity in his pursuit for universal acclaim.||Toby Turner|
|Fight of the Living Dead||A social experiment/reality show that takes YouTube stars and places them in terrifying zombie apocalypse simulations.||Alpine Labs|
|Lazer Team||A feature-length scripted comedy where four no-hopers unwittingly find themselves aboard an alien ship fighting a battle to save Earth.||Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films|
|Scare PewDiePie||Skybound Entertainment (The Walking Dead) produce this reality-adventure series, where YouTube celebrity PewDiePie is put in horrifying situations straight out of the video games he plays.||PewDiePie|
|Sing It!||Another scripted comedy that parodies talent shows like American Idol, X Factor etc.||Fine Brothers Entertainment|
|Single by 30||This romantic dramedy features Harry Shum Jr (Glee) and musician Kina Grannis who uphold a high-school promise to marry each other if they’re both still single at 30.||Harry Shum Jr and Kina Grannis|
|Untitled Collegehumor project||By the folks over at Collegehumor, this anthology series is a black comedy that analyses ridiculous Internet culture.||Collegehumor|
|Untitled Joey Graceffa project||In this “murder mystery” reality series hosted by Joey Graceffa, YouTube stars must form alliances to solve a new mystery each episode.||Joey Graceffa|