The 28th of October will usher in a new way for you to watch videos on YouTube. For $10 (R135) per month, a subscription to a new service – YouTube Red – will grant access to the entirety of the site’s catalogue to watch without adverts, as well as the ability to save videos to mobile devices to watch offline. Saved videos can also be run in the background so you can listen to audio while in a different app.
YouTube Music will also form part of the deal. Promising “a personal journey”, users can choose music they want to listen to and “see where your music takes you”. Details are sparse at the moment, but it looks like this part of the service will feature some kind of algorithm to suggest new music based on past choices. Unfortunately nobody is talking any sort of release date for YouTube Music yet.
YouTube Red integrates with Google Play Music, so a subscription to one grants access to the other. A paid-subscription to Google Play Music also costs $10.
To differentiate itself from the regular YouTube site and its offerings, Red will offer original shows and movies from successful YouTube content creators. The list of initial content has been announced and includes projects from the likes of PewDiePie, who was recently a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. This content will be available from early next year.
The ad-supported version of the site will remain operating as usual:
The free, ad-supported version of YouTube we all know and love isn’t going anywhere. You’ll still be able to enjoy YouTube, along with the YouTube Kids, Gaming and Music apps free of charge. 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.
If you’re in the US (or know how to trick servers into thinking you are), you can get a free one-month trial from October 28th. Following the link brings up the familiar “not currently available in South Africa” message, but at least that page also says the service will be expanded to other countries later.[Source – Official YouTube Blog]