YouTube Red now available in Australia, with early bird discounts for eager subscribers
Google's premium, advertisement-free YouTube subscription service – YouTube Red – has arrived in Australia, offering a slew of original content created created by online celebrities such as PewDiePie, Rooster Teeth, and Lily Singh.
In addition to giving subscribers access to exclusive video content, YouTube Red overhauls the YouTube experience with a number of new features. The most significant of these is advertisement-free viewing, allowing subscribers to watch any video (not just original content) without interruption. Other YouTube Red exclusive features include the ability to save videos for offline viewing (for a flight, for example), and background playback (meaning videos can keep playing when you close the YouTube app).
Customers who subscribe to YouTube Red are also given access to Google Play Music, Google's streaming music service. Users already subscribing to Google Play Music will receive access to YouTube Red.
YouTube Red will be billed at AUD$11.99 per month, but customers who sign up before June 6 will nab themselves an introductory price of AUD$9.99 for the life of their subscription. The offer also seems to be available to existing Google Play Music subscribers. A one month free YouTube Red trial is also on the cards.
Even if you're not interested in YouTube Red, the AUD$9.99 per month introductory price point is a compelling offer for Play Music, especially when compared to other music streaming services. Locally, most music streaming services are billed at approximately AUD$12 per month, without taking family discounts into consideration.
YouTube Red and Google Play Music are available on Android, iOS, and on the web.