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By Nick K.
Hurray! Festive cheers echo across the Internet community, for today marks the official date that YouTube Red goes live! What an exciting and groundbreaking moment for YouTube that could potentially change how the Internet views video streaming services.
For those who are not aware of what YouTube Red is, it is YouTube’s response to fans wanting more out of YouTube by providing them with the “ultimate YouTube experience.” YouTube Red sadly has no relation to Taylor Swift’s album, Red.
YouTube Red is a new subscription service that enables users to do the following:
- Allows users to watch ad-free videos.
- Gives users the ability to save offline videos to their devices.
- Allows YouTube videos to keep playing while users check out different apps on their mobile device or turn the screen off.
Although, here is the catch: there is a membership fee of $9.99 per month.
While, at first, that price tag seems quite hefty, after considering how much the other online streaming services cost, YouTube Red still offers the best value. Services like Spotify Premium, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and even the nearly archaic Pandora One, are all similar in price compared to YouTube Red.
However, YouTube Red offers more features than other online streaming services by combining both video and music streaming capabilities for both online and offline use. Google keeps doing what it does best by recognizing they will offer a large incentive for users to try out their services by providing a large amount of content for a lower price than competitors. Good job Google!
In addition, YouTube has announced that starting next year, YouTube Red members will gain access to original YouTube content that is only exclusive to members. Famous YouTube stars will begin airing their own shows and original series, much like Netflix’s original series programming.
For those who plan on waiting before subscribing, keep in mind that YouTube Red should not change how the unpaid YouTube experience functions. According to Tech Times, YouTube Senior Product Manager Matt Leske wrote on his blog that YouTube Red has become a better method “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 are still on the fence about trying out YouTube Red, then thankfully YouTube currently offers a free, 30-day trial before giving you the option to stay with the service. If you are curious on learning more about YouTube Red, current YouTube sensation John Green breaks down more specifics on how this exciting change will affect how the Internet handles online streaming services!
Do you think that YouTube Red will challenge the other online streaming services like Spotify, Netflix, or Hulu Plus? Please feel free to let us know in the comments below!