Many of the products and services that Google releases are usually geographically limited to the United States. After an initial rollout in the US last October, YouTube Red is now available in Australia and New Zealand.
The biggest benefit of YouTube Red is an ad free experience when watching videos on any device. On mobile, users can download videos for 30 days of offline access and more usefully watch videos in the background. The audio of videos will continue to play when users exit the app or lock their phone.
On the music front, users get access to an audio mode in YouTube Music and a subscription to Google Play Music at no additional cost. The offline features work on Android and iOS and the YouTube Music app is now available in the Australian and New Zealand App Store.
YouTube is also working on making original content for Red subscribers. The first batch of movies and TV shows launched in February and Google is working on adding more content to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Users can subscribe to Red through the website or the YouTube app on mobile. Those in Australia and New Zealand are offered a free one month trail of the service before being charged monthly for the service.
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