We should’ve all seen this coming. It was only a matter of time before YouTube take a shot at other popular movie apps like Netflix and Hulu. On October 28th YouTube Red will be available for $9.99 a month. YouTube Red lets you enjoy videos across all of YouTube without ads, while also letting you save videos to watch offline on your phone or tablet and play videos in the background. Your membership extends across devices and anywhere you sign into YouTube, including their recently launched Gaming app and a brand new YouTube Music app that was announced earlier today and will be available soon. Starting next year YouTube Red will be rolling out their own original shows and movies.
YouTube Red Original Shows-
Scare PewDiePie: In this reality-adventure series from the creator and executive producers of The Walking Dead at Skybound Entertainment and Maker Studios, experience thrills, chills and laughter as PewDiePie encounters terrifying situations inspired by his favorite video games.
Sing It!: From Fine Brothers Entertainment and Mandeville Films comes SING IT!, a scripted comedy that lovingly satirizes the reality singing competitions that have become a centerpiece of pop culture.
Lazer Team: In this feature-length action-comedy from Rooster 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.
A Trip to Unicorn Island: From the team at Astronauts Wanted, this feature-length movie gives fans an extraordinary look inside the life and journey of Lilly Singh as she embarks on a challenging 26-city global tour where she has to remember to practice what she preaches: happiness is the only thing worth fighting for.
Untitled Joey Graceffa project: In this all-new reality adventure series, Joey Graceffa brings together an ensemble of top YouTubers for a murder mystery they’ll never forget. They’ll form alliances to survive, but little do they know that most won’t make it out alive.
360 Project from MatPat of Game Theory: YouTube educator and pop culture expert MatPat from The Game Theorists invites the audience to come along for the ride in an innovative new series and 360 VR experience. In each episode Matt explores the real-life science behind popular video games by throwing gamers into the high-stakes scenarios they play through every day, from water jetpacks to haunted pizzerias.
Single by 30: In 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.
Untitled CollegeHumor project: Written by and starring the cast of CollegeHumor, along with special guests, this new anthology series will take a dark and comedic look at the absurdity of Internet culture.
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. They must use their instincts and gaming skills to survive as they battle the elements for the ultimate prize of survival.
I Am Tobuscus: From the mind of Toby Turner, this scripted comedy explores the world of a self-involved YouTube creator pursuing bigger stardom. The show features original music, and satirizes the hilarious details of being an eccentric, new-age celebrity.
I checked out all these YouTubers channels and I must say they have a lot of subscribers. I’m not a fan of any of these YouTubers, but I cant wait to see their work. YouTube Red brings a lot of new things to the table and a lot of questions for other YouTube Partners.
YouTube Red FAQ For YouTubers-
The same videos on the ad-supported YouTube platform are available without ads with YouTube Red across devices where members are signed in. YouTube Red members can also save videos to watch offline on mobile and play videos in the background.
Even if you’re not based in the United States, any content you make available in the United States will be available to YouTube Red members with the new YouTube Red features.
Yes, offline watch time is recorded and incorporated just like online watch time the next time a member logs in online.
No, the publicly available metrics are the same.
Creator revenue from YouTube Red is determined by watch time.
No, watch time is about what members are actually watching. The most important factor is that your videos are engaging and people spend time watching and sharing them. Many short-form videos get more overall watch time because they’re more engaging and shareable.
To view your reports in YouTube Analytics, follow these steps:
Sign in to your YouTube account.
In the top right, select your account > Creator Studio.
In the left menu, click Analytics.
Under “Earnings report,” select Estimated earnings.
In the report, under “YouTube subscription earnings,” you’ll see your earnings from YouTube Red.
If you have access to the downloadable reports: In the left menu, click Reports and choose the report you want to view. Your private downloadable revenue reports will include the breakdown of watch time related to the YouTube Red revenue calculations.
YouTube Analytics will display revenue broken down by video. If you have access to downloadable reports, the revenue report will show watch time and earnings broken down by video.
Subscription revenue payments will be sent at the beginning of each month, at the same time you would normally receive ad revenue payments.
If you have access to the downloadable reports, you can also access the revenue report in Creator Studio at this time.
What other questions do you have-
I will try to keep a neutral mind when it first launch. As of now I don’t see it being something I would pay for unless they provide better original shows I like. The removal of ads (Browsers with ad blockers) and google music (Other popular apps) doesn’t interest me at all. The only feature so far I like is saving videos for offline play. I hope this pushes Netflix to do the same thing.
Is YouTube Red worth $9.99? Right now no, but that might change come Oct 28th.
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