Everyone gets annoyed by the pesky ads that play before and in the middle of the actual videos they want to watch on YouTube and the company listened to the complaints. On Oct. 28, in response to demand for ad-free viewing of YouTube videos, YouTube is launching YouTube Red, which will allow users to watch videos uninterrupted and save videos for offline viewing.
What is YouTube Red? It is a membership designed YouTube access for $9.99 a month which guarantees subscribers access to ad-free videos and watch offline across supported devices as long as the subscriber is signed in their account. What's more, YouTube will extend the subscription to their recently launched gaming application and their Music app which will be made available soon. It also offers a bonus of gaining access to the Google Play Music app, which it currently has a collaboration with.
If you think that's all you're getting, think again. The company announced that YouTube Red will release original content from some of the favorite YouTube celebrities and creators, beginning with PewDiePie, YouTube's top earner, according to Forbes. It will also release professionally produced original movies especially for YouTube Red.
PewDiePie will get to experience some of the terrifying situations inspired by video games that producers of "The Walking Dead" will put him through in his reality adventure series, "Scare PewDiePie." Lilly Singh is also on board with the Astronauts Wanted team as they bring YouTube Red subscribers a full-length film about her global tour in "A Trip to Unicorn Island."
"The free, ad-supported version of YouTube we all know and love isn't going anywhere... But with YouTube Red, you'll be able to support the people who make your favorite videos while watching what you want, when you want, on any device you want, uninterrupted." YouTube Senior Product Manager Matt Leske wrote on its blog.
YouTube Red is offering a one month free trial starting Oct. 28 for viewers in the United States (U.S.). It will only be available within U.S. territories until YouTube is able to expand the number of locations it can offer the service to.