Tech: YouTube Announces Ad-Free Paid Subscription Service

There already exists an abundance of paid subscriptions sites for video streaming, including Amazon Prime Video, Hulu Plus, HBO Now, Showtime, and the ever popular Netflix–and now, YouTube is joining the mix. The tech giant announced on October 21st that they would be launching YouTube Red, a new membership program designed to provide perks to users and even greater revenue for the company. The primary selling point is an ad-free experience, but other benefits include the ability to save videos for offline playback, an included subscription to Google Play Music, programming from major media companies, and exclusive access to original videos and shows from a select few content creators for $9.99 a month.

YouTube Red will be available in the US starting Wednesday, October 28th for a free one-month trial; those who are already subscribed to Google Play Music receive the program for free. Whether or not YouTube Red rises above the rest remains unknown, especially against hugely popular giants like Netflix.

Contributor: Katie Sun

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