YouTube Red Stories May 17, 2018

The revamped YouTube Music and new YouTube Premium were announced last night, but many questions linger ahead of the rolling launch next Tuesday. From questions about the family plan to Play Music membership, Google has provided us with several answers.

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YouTube Red Stories May 16, 2018

For the past several months, a revamp to Google’s streaming music offerings has been widely rumored. A new report today pegs the launch of the revamped YouTube Music for next week, while YouTube Red and other video features will be replaced by a new “Premium” service.

Update: Google has officially announced the new YouTube Music and Premium.

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YouTube Red Stories February 23, 2018

YouTube has been undergoing a lot of expansion in the past couple of years with the arrival of things such as YouTube Red and YouTube TV. Now, a new report is claiming that while a third service is in development, spending on original content is being capped.

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YouTube Red Stories February 13, 2018

YouTube is rumored to lead Google’s revamped music streaming service. Last night, an interview with Susan Wojcicki revealed how the company sees Red as a music service that will be expanding to many more countries this year. Meanwhile, the YouTube CEO also took the time to jab at Facebook’s nascent video efforts.

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YouTube Red Stories August 4, 2017

While we wait for YouTube Music and Google Play Music to merge into a singular, more cohesive service, Google is updating the former to now allow users to save individual songs, playlists, and albums for offline use. This is a pretty basic feature that should have been included a while ago, but we’re glad to see it finally make an appearance.

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YouTube Red Stories July 26, 2017

Back in February, Google combined their YouTube and Play Music teams in order to “deliver the best possible product.” That move widely suggested that Google was working on a single music service to greatly simplify their offering. Today, that merger was officially confirmed by YouTube’s head of music.

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YouTube Red Stories November 26, 2016

Google offering a free 4-month trial of Google Play Music & YouTube Red, a $40 value

There have been lots of Googley Black Friday deals this weekend — and more are to come this week with Cyber Monday and beyond — but few of those have actually been from Google itself. Now, Google is offering first-time users of Google Play Music a 4-month free trial, a $40 value. And that includes ad-free YouTube in the form of YouTube Red as well…

YouTube Red Stories November 2, 2016

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A year after launch, YouTube is struggling to get subscribers for its Red subscription service. According to The Verge, paying subscribers only total 1.5 million as of late summer, despite having a billion monthly users of the broader service…

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YouTube Red Stories August 17, 2016

YouTube Red continues slow international expansion, now available in Mexico

Following its first international expansion to Australia and New Zealand this May, YouTube Red is now available in Mexico (via Android Police). The service provides subscribers with ad-free YouTube, offline videos, and more for just 99 pesos a month.

YouTube Red Stories August 3, 2016

YouTube Kids app now supports ad-free and offline videos with Red subscription

YouTube Kids launched on Android and iOS last year as a portal for kid and family friendly curated videos with strict parental controls and restrictions. YouTube’s paid Red subscription service has just announced that it is adding support for the Kids app, with features like ad-free and offline videos, at no additional cost.

YouTube Red Stories July 2, 2016

Google now offering 4 month free trial for Google Play Music/YouTube Red

If you have yet to try out Google Play Music, or alternatively, YouTube Red, then Google’s latest offer to get you to sign up for the service is certainly one worth looking at. In celebration of July 4th, Google is offering a 4 month subscription to both services completely free of charge.

YouTube Red Stories May 25, 2016

YouTube Red releases two new scripted comedy original TV shows for subscribers

After expanding to Australia and New Zealand earlier this month, YouTube Red is releasing new TV shows for subscribers today. Unlike competing efforts from Netflix and Amazon, YouTube is leveraging the strength of popular Creators and their fanbases to drive monthly subscriptions.

YouTube Red Stories May 17, 2016

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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.

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YouTube Red Stories March 17, 2016

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T-Mobile is expanding its Binge On initiative that allows users to stream content in certain apps without using up their data allowance, and with today’s update YouTube and Google Play Movies are now officially supported.

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YouTube Red Stories February 10, 2016

YouTube launches its first original series’ and movies, featuring PewDiePie, Lilly Singh, AwesomenessTV and Rooster Teeth

YouTube has launched its first original movies and series’ exclusively for YouTube Red subscribers. In an aim to compete with the likes of Amazon and Netflix, YouTube has decided to play the subscription game, and give its paying subscribers a selection of content just for them. The first videos are now live, and have been developed in conjunction with some of the company’s best stars; Lilly Singh, Rooster Teeth, PewDiePie and AwesomenessTV.

YouTube Red Stories February 4, 2016

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According to a new report from Variety, Google is among the tech companies negotiating with the NFL for digital rights to Thursday Night Football. Earlier this month, the National Football League inked deals with CBS and NBC to divide the TV rights for Thursday games over the next two seasons, but streaming to non-subscribers was not included in that deal.

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YouTube Red Stories February 3, 2016

YouTube’s first original content will be available to Red subscribers next week

YouTube Red subscribers already get an ad-free and offline video experience plus a subscription to Google Play Music as part of their monthly service. Starting on February 10, Red subscribers will also have access to YouTube’s first original content.

YouTube Red Stories December 9, 2015

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Having announced its intention to do so earlier this year, Google is now rolling out its up-t0-6 person family plan for its popular music streaming service. Starting today, you can sign up to the Google Play Music family plan for $14.99 per month and you and your family can listen to as much music as you like without ads. Over the next few days, Android devices in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France and Germany should see the option to sign up become available in the Play Music app.

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YouTube Red Stories December 2, 2015

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According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal, YouTube is looking to gain streaming rights to TV shows and movies in an effort to compete more directly with services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video. YouTube executives have reportedly been meeting with Hollywood studios over recent months to discuss licensing content.

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YouTube Red Stories November 12, 2015

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YouTube has finally debuted the music streaming app it announced last month. The app helps users find new music to enjoy by allowing them to select from pre-made stations or create their own based on their musical tastes.

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YouTube Red Stories October 28, 2015

PSA: YouTube Red is now live, and you can sign up for a free trial now

Google introduced the world to its curiously-named YouTube Red service just last week, and mentioned that October 28th would be the day that it launched. Well, today is October 28th, and you can now head over to YouTube.com/red to sign up for the service. Google’s kicking off Red with a one month free trial for all users, after which you’ll be charged $9.99 per month…

With YouTube Red, you’ll get access to a completely ad-free YouTube experience (which alone is an enticing offer for those of us that still want to support content creators), you’ll be able to download videos for offline viewing on a variety of devices, and — one feature that has been much-requested since YouTube hit mobile devices — you’ll be able to keep the app running in the background when your screen is off.

The thing that’s confusing to me about this whole ordeal is that there’s so much convergence of content between Google Play Music and YouTube Red. A Google Play Music Unlimited subscription seems to get you a YouTube Red subscription and vice-versa, so now I have to decide which of the two platforms I will use for music streaming. But I guess that’s pretty typical for Google’s products.

I’m not complaining, so don’t get me wrong. I think it’s pretty nice that Google is making these two services just one monthly bill, and I doubt I ever be willing to pay for both. The reason for that is because there’s just so much content overlap, and I guess that’s the same thing that might make this confusing for the average customer. Either way, I get another free month of Google Play Music Unlimited out of this even if I don’t end up sticking with Red, and that’s fine by me.

YouTube Red Stories October 26, 2015

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YouTube announced its new Red ad-free subscription service last week and we’ve slowly been learning the specifics on how content will be affected by it. Disney’s sports network ESPN has now announced that it has pulled all of its content from YouTube due to the YouTube Red subscription service.

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YouTube Red Stories October 21, 2015

Not to be confused with (Red) Youtube or RedTube, Google announced a new streaming Netflix competitor today dubbed YouTube Red.  The service will also include YouTube streaming music which is also Google Play Music all access which currently carries a $9.99/month price tag so the effective upgrade is $0 for streaming videos and much more… expand full story

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