YouTube Red is the new ad-free subscription service Google was talking about

In keeping with the announcement earlier in April this year, YouTube has unveiled a new premium subscription alternative to its free service.

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YouTube Red, as the it’s called, will offer ad-free videos, as well as original content created specifically for it. It’ll also allow subscribers to save videos for offline viewing, as well as allow videos to play in the background on mobile, while you’re in working in another app. It figures that, after fans users have been clamouring for background playing for so long, YouTube makes it a premium paid option. The service will be available on Android, desktop and mobile web for US $9.99 a month and US $12.99 per month for iOS.

The original content YouTube is putting behind a paywall shows they’ve been paying close attention to success stories – they’re partnering YouTube stars with professional production crews to create content that will be exclusive to YouTube Red. Here are some of the slick new shows/movies we could get early next year:

Scare PewDiePie will be a reality-adventure series, featuring the most popular YouTube gamer in the world, as he encounters terrifying situations inspired by his favorite video games.​ PewDiePie will team up with the executive producers of The Walking Dead at Skybound Entertainment and Maker Studios.

Sing It! will be a scripted satire by the Fine Brother, along with Mandeville Films, based singing competition reality shows.

A Trip to Unicorn Island is a feature-length movie documenting the inside life of Indian-born American star Lily Singh (aka IISuperwomanII) as she goes on a 26-city global tour, and will be produced by the team at Astronauts Wanted.

Fight of the Living Dead is a social experiment reality show from Alpine Labs that takes popular YouTube talent and traps them in a simulated zombie apocalypse as they battle for survival.

And that’s just some of the mentions, you can read the full list here.

Now, aside from YouTube Red, Google is also launching a new YouTube Music app soon. It’ll function similar to YouTube Gaming, with a focus on discovering and listening to music. Your YouTube Red subscription will be valid across for YouTube Gaming and YouTube Music as well, and that will cross over into Google Music too.

YouTube Red subscriptions will be available for purchase starting October 28 in the US, and will then continue rolling out worldwide. Viewers in the U.S. can start a free one-month trial of YouTube Red on launch date. YouTube Music’s launch will be following soon.
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