YouTube Red launching next week to offer ad-free videos for $9.99 per month

It's finally time to put your money where your mouth is as Google has announced it's launching an ad-free YouTube service next week, called YouTube Red.

23

Google has announced it will be launching an ad-free version of YouTube, which it’s calling YouTube Red, starting next week for $9.99 a month.

YouTube Red will allow users of the video-streaming service to enjoy all of the content they like without any ads. The new service also gives users the ability to save videos to watch offline on their phone or tablet and play videos in the background, which will be helpful for those who tend to use the service to listen to their favorite music.

The YouTube Red service will extend across devices and anywhere else users log into YouTube, and also includes ad-free viewing on the YouTube Gaming app, the upcoming YouTube Music app, and Google Play Music. While YouTube Kids isn't mentioned, we're sure the app will also offer ad-free viewing with a Red subscription.

The YouTube Red service will give access to new, original programming and films from YouTube’s biggest creators starting early next year.

YouTube original won’t be affected by the YouTube Red service as Google plans on continuing offering it free of charge, although they’ll still display the occasional ad from time to time.

Senior Editor
From The Chatty
  • reply
    October 21, 2015 11:07 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, YouTube Red launching next week to offer ad-free videos for $9.99 per month

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 11:39 AM

      Good luck! (You'll need it)

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 11:53 AM

      Redtube?

      • reply
        October 21, 2015 2:58 PM

        I'm not sure if they'll be happy or sad about this. Probably happy due to accidental page visits.

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 11:58 AM

      Brilliant name, no one is ever going to confuse it with redtube.

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 12:31 PM

      Thanks, Google Alphabet for making Shacknews Mercury Beta appear cheap :)

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 12:38 PM

      Wait it comes with Google Music? That's fairly compelling.

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 12:46 PM

      I would happily pay $10/mo of this were something that was across a bunch of Google products and provides value outside of just YouTube. As it is though, that's pricey for a service I only use casually.

      • reply
        October 21, 2015 12:55 PM

        You get Google Music sub too. Which if you got in early like me is $8/mo. It's $10/mo now.

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 12:57 PM

      Adding google music in there is brilliant. Google Music is pretty solid and I was on the fence about subbing. This may put me over.

      • reply
        October 21, 2015 4:17 PM

        So it's good? I'm currently using Spotify with no complaints. But if I can get a similar service + no ads on YouTube, I just might switch.

        • reply
          October 21, 2015 5:12 PM

          I used it for 3 months with a trial. It was super easy to use and the radio was pretty solid. I like spotify user playlists a lot and I felt that Google music was missing that though.

        • reply
          October 21, 2015 5:30 PM

          I like it better

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 1:04 PM

      You too bread

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 1:07 PM

      Doesn't seem worthwhile if you have no interest in Google Music. At least right now.

      • Zek legacy 10 years
        reply
        October 21, 2015 1:53 PM

        Don't underestimate the unfathomable amount of time some people spend watching YouTube. It makes sense if you're a power user of the service.

        • reply
          October 21, 2015 2:54 PM

          Oh absolutely. Not for me, but kids these days live on YouTube, it's scary.

      • reply
        October 21, 2015 4:18 PM

        I block ads, but I'm happy to pay for content if a reasonable portion of it gets back to the creators.

        This seems reasonable for me.

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 1:08 PM

      I'll totally be checking this out.

      /s

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 1:55 PM

      So it's ad-free and exclusive content from people I've never heard of? I guess I'll wait to see what the consensus is on this. $10/month is a bit much for the 2 hours per week I watch YouTube videos-- though, I suspect I'm not the target audience.

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 2:19 PM

      [deleted]

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 2:57 PM

      This has just made using adblock worth $10 a month :-P

      • reply
        October 21, 2015 4:22 PM

        I was thinking the same, but I assume this would apply to anywhere I'm logged in to my YouTube account? No more ads on my Roku, on my Android phone, etc. That's pretty enticing.

      • reply
        October 21, 2015 4:37 PM

        [deleted]

        • reply
          October 21, 2015 4:41 PM

          I do most of my youtube viewing on the ipad. Have a solution?

          • reply
            October 21, 2015 5:13 PM

            Add a static DNS entry on your router to do the same.

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 3:05 PM

      Completely sold if they allow me to download videos automatically based on user.

      • reply
        October 21, 2015 3:14 PM

        You can already download videos more or less for free:
        https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader

        I ended up paying for it because it's so useful but you can use it for free minus paid features.

        • reply
          October 21, 2015 4:13 PM

          Does it let me have it auto download videos once posted without intervention? Not seeing that feature on their site.

          • reply
            October 21, 2015 4:19 PM

            This one you just paste a link to a YouTube (or Vimeo or other sites) and get a prompt to pick 4K, 1080p, 720p, 480p, or whatever is available and it downloads them as a video file you'll have on your hard drive that you can play using a media player, import to your iPad/iPhone or Android Tablet/phone, or stream from a media server to say a Chromecast. The YouTube videos are mp4 format too. If that video ever gets take down, at least you'll have your offline copy.

          • reply
            October 21, 2015 4:20 PM

            Nm, see the feature, will check it out.. Will still probably sub so I don't have to watch ads when watching live on my roku.

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 3:05 PM

      I love Google music

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 3:40 PM

      Interesting, I was wishing on offline video and the ability to play in the background this morning.... so I was going to ask about it but found the answer here: http://youtube-global.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/red.html If you already have Google Music, you automatically get Youtube Red, which I think is awesome.

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 4:38 PM

      [deleted]

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 4:55 PM

      I wonder if is is included in existing google music subscriptions

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 5:02 PM

      I thought YouTube red was a porn site

    • reply
      October 21, 2015 5:06 PM

      Besides the nice addition of a Google Music sub, I would've liked to see 1080p+ have higher bitrate, too. That would've been nice.

Hello, Meet Lola