Google’s New ‘YouTubeRed’ Subscription Service: Is it worth it?

As of 28th October Google’s new ‘YouTube Red’ subscription service came into play. The service costs $9.99 per month and, at this stage anyway, is only available in the US.

What is YouTubeRed


According to the YouTube Red site, $9.99 per month provides users with the following benefits:

  • Ad-free Videos: Watch videos without interruption
  • Save offline: Save videos and songs on your mobile device to watch [or listen to] offline
  • Background play: Keep videos or music playing when using other apps or when your screen is off
  • Google Play Music subscription: Included at no extra cost

Well woopy-dooh!!

It should also be noted that: “YouTube Red benefits won’t work on YouTube videos that you pay to view, such as paid channels, movie rentals, and pay-per-view purchases.”

Personally, I see no value here, Mind you, I am not exactly a heavy YouTube user so perhaps I’m missing something. YouTubeRed might be worthwhile for existing Google Play Music subscribers who can take advantage of the so-called “benefits” for free. Or even may entice those who have been contemplating a Google Play Music subscription to actually take the plunge. However, that aside, I can’t see how this even comes close to something like Netflix at roughly the same cost per month.

Personally, I see this as a money-grabbing exercise by a company whose wealth is already measured in the billions of dollars with enough yearly income to sustain a small country. Sure, YouTube is extremely popular, but why Google would need to monetize it is beyond me, apart of course from sheer greed.

Anyway, I am obviously one person who is less than impressed with what YouTubeRed has to offer. What about you, would you consider signing up?


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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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