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Hate ads? Google introduces YouTube Red as a premium subscription


YouTube is a primary source of entertainment for almost everyone these days. Following the footsteps of music subscription services, Google has announced YouTube Red – A premium experience which takes your video viewing experience to a whole new level.

Available only in the US for US$9.99 (about RM42.70) a month, you get ad-free playback across any device that you’ve signed in. This is good news for those wanting to watch videos back to back without the interruption of pre-roll ads.

In addition, the YouTube Red subscription also lets you save videos for offline use. This opens up the possibility of watching videos during flights or at places where fast connection isn’t available. Knowing that some users use YouTube for music, the subscription also lets you to play videos in the background while you’re running other apps on top.

As a paid subscriber, Google will be introducing exclusive content beginning next year. Expect member-only videos with exclusive early access to original shows from YouTube’s biggest creators. YouTube Red currently isn’t available in Malaysia but Google assures that it will be made available in other countries soon. Would you pay for an ad-free and offline supported YouTube experience? Let us know in the comments below.


Alexander Wong