Updated 05:37 AM EDT, Sat, Oct 23, 2021

YouTube Red Review: The Pros & Cons of Subscribing

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On Wednesday, Google unveiled "YouTube Red" which is the company's response to YouTubers' request to have "more choice when watching their favorite content, more ways to support their favorite creators and, above all, the option to watch their favorite videos uninterrupted."

According to the official statement from the company posted over the YouTube Global blog, YouTube Red allows users to enjoy watching videos on-demand without the annoying advertisements.

It would also allow users to save videos to watch them even without an Internet connection.

Of course, these changes come with a cost-$9.99 a month, to be exact.

This change also provides an extended YouTubing experience as one subscription allows fans to use the app in all their devices and YouTube-related sites like the recently launched Gaming app as well as the new YouTube Music app which would be available soon.

Aside from that, the ad-free YouTube would also provide subscribers to exclusive content such as a new scripted series from the top-earning YouTube users, the Fine Brothers, as well as a movie titled "Unicorn Time" which Giz Modo deemed to be "a hokey-as-sh*t" beginning January next year.

The outlet also described the YouTube Music Key app as "a pretty robust and fleshed out idea," since it is a familiar and easy-to-use feature.

Meanwhile, ABC News reported that YouTube would also be providing original programming, following the footsteps of streaming sites like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

But since it requires payment for service that has basically been received for free, it did not fare well with most.

According to Fusion, the YouTube community is "furious" at the idea of having to pay almost hard-earned money for practically the same service.

"Many within the YouTube community essentially tapped into their inner Chris Crocker to unleash a collective battle cry of "LEAVE YOUTUBE ALONE," the report read.

The outlet further noted how the site allegedly "pressured" YouTube creators to back them up by "threatening" to have their content removed from the site based on a report from Tech Crunch.

"Today YouTube confirmed that any 'partner' creator who earns a cut of ad revenue but doesn't agree to sign its revenue share deal for its new YouTube Red $9.99 ad-free subscription will have their videos hidden from public view on both the ad-supported and ad-free tiers," the report explained.

Of course this would not sit well with users even if Google looks at it as a way to provide "consistency," making YouTube look like a bully.

"While Red might offer creators more revenue per user and be good for most of them, they were still coerced into the deal," Tech Crunch added.

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