YouTube Originals to be free by 2020, supported by ads

YouTube Originals to be free by 2020, supported by ads
You know that you've wanted to watch Cobra Kai, the series that picks up from the Karate Kid movies 34 years after the events in the films took place. After all, the show stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprising their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, respectively. But Cobra Kai is a YouTube Original series, which means that you have to subscribe to YouTube Premium and pony up $11.99 per month in order to view the show and other original content on YouTube. Of course, YouTube Premium also includes ad-free viewing of the platform, and the ability to download videos to view while offline.

As noted this morning by Variety, YouTube is going to make its original programming free by 2020. The shows will be supported by ads. Until then, YouTube will offer both free originals and other programming that will be available only to paid Premium subscribers. For example, to view the second season of Cobra Kai next year, users will still need to subscribe to YouTube Premium.

But this will change in 2020 when YouTube offers its original programming free to the nearly 2 billion people globally that use the YouTube streaming video site/app. Part of the reason for the switch is to help show creators, writers, actors and others reach a larger audience.


Since YouTube doesn't have as large a budget for originals as competitors like Netflix and Amazon, it has relied on programming staring YouTube "stars." This helped create demand for YouTube's own programming, which has led the Google owned video streamer to add new shows like Cobra Kai.

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6 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2221; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's good. I don't watch many YouTube originals but there are some few things I'll like to watch.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30789; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cobra Kai is awesome.

6. thatguybern

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 17, 2018

wholeheartedly agree!

3. irossdrummer

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

i wonder that numbers of youtube premium people compared to free youtube users or other premium video streaming like netflix or hulu plus

4. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

If you listen very closely, you may hear a faint solo clap somewhere out over the hills, from one of the 10 people out in the wild that actually care.

5. frozz

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

not interested at all .... what i am interested is the youtube feature where you can mini window the app for multi tasking yet able to watch youtube video like p2p. lucky i have a Note 8 that have samsung's own p2p features but my second phone is not a note and don't have the feature.

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