YouTube Red is here to give you an ad-free experience for $9.99 per month

YouTube Red is here to give you an ad-free experience for $9.99 per month
Google has tried various forms of subscription services with YouTube before, but none quite did the trick. There were options to pay per channel as well as donation systems, and but the closest viable plan was YouTube Music Key which allowed for ad-free streaming of music content for a monthly fee. Now, as rumored, Music Key has officially graduated into an all-encompassing YouTube subscription service called Red.

If you're familiar with Music Key, you know the basics of YouTube Red - for $9.99 you'll get an ad-free experience on YouTube as well as options for background and offline playback. There are a few big differences though. First, YouTube Red covers all of YouTube, not just music content. Second, YouTube Red will still be bundled with Play Music All Access, so you'll get all the music and video streaming together for one monthly fee (it has not been confirmed, but we assume this will also apply to the upcoming family plans). Lastly, while YouTube Red will be optional for most content, you will get extra original content if you subscribe. 

This means that while you'll still be able to watch all your favorite channels in the ad-supported version without paying the subscription, those who subscribe will also get exclusive content like: 

  • "Scare PewDiePie", a reality-adventure series made in collaboration between PewDiePie and the producer of Walking Dead
  • "Sing it!", a singing competition parody from the Fine Bros. 
  • "A Trip to Unicorn Island", a documentary about a world-tour by comedian Lilly Singh
  • "360 Project", a 360 virtual-reality series exploring the real-life science behind popular video games by MatPat of Game Theory
  • "I Am Tobuscus", a scripted comedy from Toby Turner (aka Tobuscus)
  • and and untitled CollegeHumor project

The service is expected to go live on October 28th and will only be available in the US to start. 

What do you all think? Is it worth $9.99 per month for Google Play Music All Access, ad-free YouTube streaming, and exclusive original content? At the very least, it's an interesting alternative to allow content creators to get paid for their work without worrying about people using adblockers. 


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2. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Or just get the ad blocker..... such a dumb loophole

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4358; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

On youtube their money making ads are the annoying commercials before a video.

11. Mike.H

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

Sorry, I guess I forgot that so many of our readers think that they're entitled to get content for free and that content creators shouldn't get paid for their work...

12. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Mike while I agree with you on the way you get paid but also understand your site is plagued with far too many ads. There should be a happy medium

16. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

I agree, this year in particular the ads have gotten out of control in some cases.

18. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Yep, some of the ads you cant even skip.lol

23. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Take note PA

13. thequota

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

the issue really isnt the ads what what ads they produce id rather not watch a league video and then see some nikki minaje ad before the video then see a small pop up in the bottom left of that video still advertising it. i honestly wouldnt mind watching ads if they interest me idk why they just dont produce ads based on our previously watched videos within the last month of two kinda like how they do with websites

15. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Lol..

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

We don't mind paying people for quality work, love this site. But I don't need 30 articles on the size of the Nexus 5x, many things are redundant, and many many things are left out or many other things that is just lazy journalism. Hell just yesterday a website had a spot where my hostfile blocked...simple yet effective. Went to CPU-Z site, haven't used their tool in ages. Low and behold a simple effective overlay. "Hi! For some reason we can't display an ad here, probably because of an ad blocker. We have full respect if you want to run an ad blocker, but keeping this website and related softwares free depend on ads. We would appreciate if you add us to your white list or consider donating via Paypal. Thank you! " Wow such reality, such actual connection to the person they are trying to target. Their main page has 3 ads....read them 3. No full screen annoying as hell chevy truck ad that kills mobile experience. And lets talk about your site design while we are at it, while my monitor is probably still not normal. At 23in, your actual article takes up a 1/6th of the screen? 1/5th? I have so much white space on the side. Lets not forget you cannot put a simple css checker for a plugged in mouse to get rid of your stupid mouse overlay needs. Come on lets keep it real PA admin, lets talk about this "Creator needs money". How about you listen to people that actually don't mind ads, I have added many white lists to it. In fact I added CPUZ to the list, not only that sent in a 39.99 payment. Not pay the rent money, but for someone who has used the program merely 4 times in the last probably decade, I think it is far more than what is needed. I have sent hundreds to devs who ask for donations, never once did they outlash like this here post. Do you not think your educated audience knows you guys don't work for free? Do you not know your educated audience who you seem to WANT to target knows this? Or are you willing to admit in your outlash statement that your readers are tools and take them for tools? I will stick up for this site all the time, but don't think for a second I don't think the site needs much more work before you get to outlash at the 'people' that keep you fed.

27. michaelny2001

Posts: 311; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Mike, This is a weird loop. If you don't want your content to be free, then don't put it on youtube. Have spotify or whatever other paid program. Many of the artists today are being found on youtube. Shouldn't they be the ones to pay to be on youtube? I don't know... there are many good arguments for both sides. The way i see it youtube is the one making money. Many videos can be found online on private websites that people want to share. If the price would have been 3.99 per month, it would have been ok, but for this i rather get netflix.

28. Mike.H

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

I'm sorry, are you arguing that the content creators should not only NOT be paid for their work, but that they should pay to have it on YouTube? I'm condfused.

4. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Adblock is the truth lmao

5. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

AdBlock/uBlock Origin, who cares about those exclusive sh*tty content.

6. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Why didn't they just call it RedTube? not srs lol Fuk Google. All these companies are so greedy. How about not paying these pathetic people so much for their stupid channels. The only thing more asinine that has made people famous/rich are sex tapes. Get a life and quit watching other peoples' lives.

8. LEX509US

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Red Tube haha, I had to sign up to give you a thumbs up. Adblock works perfect on computers, but nowaday lot of people including me use youtube directly on a smart tv and there is no way to block ads on them yet. I try blocking ads from the router level but I am stuck with a blank screen instead of the ad. worse... the blank screen last 2x as long as the ad but I still wont pay for ad free version for youtube nor hulu.

7. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Well an easy free alternative for a rooted android device is to install Xposed Framework and get Youtube Adaway. I've been using it since it came out and it blocks ads, recommendation banners and other useless crap from Youtube. It's updated frequently and usually works with newer Youtube updates.

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Nope.. I wouldn't pay 10.00 a month just for that added benefit.. Most allow me to skip after a few seconds anyways.. Google has lost their damn minds

14. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Brutal $10 a month for ads that i don't get or can simply get an adblocker..

19. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

The only useful feature is the offline playing. Because you won't play in the background anything other than music (because you don't need to see the video to understand), and we have Spotify a lot cheaper!

24. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

This feature should just come free, i mean windows mobiles already do this and they're youtube sucks thanks to google.

21. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Rooted Android = YouTube Adaway PC = Adblock

22. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Google hasn't solved the Adblock puzzle yet? LOL Just disallow YouTube Access whenever there's an Adblock installed Desperate measures

25. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

so 3 feature No ads - Which i can do with Xposed Playoffline - Which i can do with tubemate Back ground play - which i can do with viral No thanks google

26. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Gotta love the third-parties huh?

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