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YouTube Red Launches With Free Trial Membership for U.S. Users

Google-owned YouTube’s ad-free subscription service has officially launched.

YouTube Red, which is now available for free for 30 days to American users, offers all of YouTube’s current videos, as well as access to music streaming and exclusive content from the site’s top creators for $9.99 a month.

“A YouTube Red membership works anywhere you sign into YouTube, whether it’s across mobile devices, desktop, connected TVs, or on our recently launched Gaming app or our upcoming Music app,” Lisa Bustamante said in an e-mail announcing the launch.

YouTube_Red_Brandmark“As a special bonus, YouTube Red works with Google Play Music, so subscribing to one will automatically get access to the other.”

The company is billing the service as the “ultimate YouTube experience.”

With YouTube Red, users can also save videos to watch offline via phone or tablet while playing videos in the background.

Beginning early next year, YouTube Red will also offer member-only access to new, original shows and movies.

Some examples of the original content YouTube Red will serve up are:

  • Fight of the Living Dead: In an unprecedented social experiment reality show from Alpine Labs,Fight of the Living Dead takes popular YouTube talent and traps them in a frighteningly realistic zombie apocalypse.
  • Single by 30In this romantic drama series from Wong Fu Productions and New Form Digital, two high school best friends make a promise to get married if they’re still single at 30. A decade later, with 30 quickly approaching, their attempt at upholding their vow unfolds in unexpected ways. Starring Harry Shum, Jr. and Kina Grannis.
  • Lazer TeamIn this feature-length action-comedy fromRooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films, four small-town losers stumble upon an alien ship carrying a mysterious cargo, leading to a battle to save Earth from an all-powerful enemy.

While it is likely a lot of YouTube users will sign up for the free one-month membership, whether they will be willing to pay a monthly fee for the service is another matter.

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Jennifer Cowan

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