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YouTube Red subscription service debuts first original programmes


By Jon Brady, Photographer/Reporter

February 11, 2016 | 3 min read

YouTube’s premium subscription service, YouTube Red, has released its first run of original programming.

The $10-a-month service, which launched last October, already gives users ad-free and offline viewing of videos and the ability to play videos in the background while using other apps on their phone or tablet.

The first ‘YouTube Red Originals’ have recruited four of the Google-owned website’s most influential content creators; Rooster Teeth, Astronauts Wanted, PewDiePie and Awesomeness TV:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dance Camp: This film from AwesomenessTV weaves a story of unlikely friendships, unleashing passions, and discovering yourself all through the power of dance.

While subscriptions to YouTube Red are currently only available in the US, the programmes can be previewed and purchased individually in the UK through YouTube’s own on-demand store. A post on YouTube Red’s help page explains: “We are working on expanding to more locations.”

YouTube Red UK Preview and Purchase

Further content will come from creators including Gigi Gorgeous, Alpine Labs, The Game Theorists and College Humour later this year.

In a post on the company’s official blog, Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, said: “We’ve loved working with our creators on these series and movies and seeing them take their passion to new heights.”

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