Youtube has a new service called Youtube Red – not to be confused with redtube (don’t look that up). As an active member of the YouTube community this is why YouTube RED is actually a pretty sweet idea for only $9.99 a month.
Google’s well aware that YouTube is a video powerhouse of viral hits, music videos and unique shows you cannot find anywhere else.
Hoping to capitalize on its unstoppable success, Google created YouTube Red, a new paid monthly subscription service with several perks that make your viewing experience better.
It launches on Friday Nov 6th in Canada. Here’s what you should know before you sign up.
It’s a monthly subscription service from YouTube that removes advertisements from all videos, everywhere you watch. It was originally introduced as YouTube Music Key, a service that let you stream music and music videos from YouTube without ads. Google changed the name to YouTube Red and expanded it to all kinds of YouTube videos in late October 2015.
What do I get with it?
Using YouTube Red, you won’t see ads on the YouTube website or within the YouTube apps on mobile and TVs. This does not apply to paid content on YouTube, such as paid channels or TV and movie purchases and rentals. You may still see ads with that content.
Here’s a full list of devices where you can watch ad-free videos with YouTube Red:
YouTube and YouTube Gaming apps for Android and iOS
Consoles: Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4
Roku (LT, 1, 2, 2 HD, 2 XD, 2 XS, 3, Streaming Stick, Roku TV)
Supported Smart TVs
YouTube Red has two other main benefits that affect how you watch videos: offline viewing and listening to videos with the screen off. These two features are only available on the YouTube and YouTube Gaming apps for Android and iOS.
You can download YouTube videos to your phone or tablet and they are available for up to 30 days to watch without a connection. Some features, including liking or commenting on an offline video, aren’t available when you’re offline.
What kinds of original shows will YouTube Red have?
Google announced a sampling of original shows and movies for Red members. Here are a few of the shows and movies set to debut in the next few months:
“Scare PewDiePie” is a reality horror series that puts the most popular YouTuber PewDiePie, also known as Felix Kjellberg, into terrifying situations, inspired by video games.
“A Trip to Unicorn Island” is a movie that follows YouTuber IISuperwomanII, also known as Lilly Singh, on her world tour.
“Sing It!” is a scripted series about a fictional vocal competition from the Fine Brothers, who are famous for their “Kids React to…” videos.
How does YouTube Red affect me if I don’t want to sign up?
Google will continue to keep YouTube just the way it is. Without a subscription to Red, you can still watch all of the videos and channels you like on the site, free of charge, but with ads.
You will miss out on the extra features Red offers, but nothing will change about how you use YouTube right now. Additionally, most of the original content available through Red will eventually become free with ads after an unspecified amount of time.
For some, getting rid of advertisements (INCLUDING MOBILE PLATFORMS) is reason enough to sign up for YouTube Red, but the other benefits might be more enticing.
So in closing. Instead of buying two, $5 coffees a month give YouTube Red a try. It might be a pretty cool thing.