Updated 10:16 AM EDT, Sat, Oct 23, 2021

YouTube Launches its First Four Original Programs Including One Starring PewDiePie [Details]

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YouTube is delving into original programming with the release of its first four original programs.

The shows, which came from four of the most popular YouTube creators, are exclusively offered to YouTube Red members, according to a blog post released on Wednesday. YouTube Red is a subscription-only feature launched in October that removes all advertisements from videos.

YouTube's new offering is competing against popular streaming sites like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, but the Red Originals programs diverge from those because it showcases its homegrown stars, such as Lilly Singh, Rooster Teeth, PewDiePie, and AwesomenessTV.

"Scare PewDiePie," a program from Felix Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie, is a reality-adventure and 10-episode series, YouTube's blog post read. The series hails from the creator and executive producers of "The Walking Dead" at Skybound Entertainment and Maker Studios, and showcases PewDiePie's terrifying adventures inspired by his favorite video games.

Singh's "A Trip to Unicorn Island" is a feature-length movie from Astronauts Wanted. According to YouTube's blog post, the flick follows Singh as she goes on a 26-city world tour with happiness as her central goal.

AwesomenessTV's "Dance Camp" is a film about dancers at a summer camp and how they form friendships, express their passions, and discover themselves, the news outlet wrote.

Lastly, Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films' "Lazer Team" is an action-comedy that follows four people as they discover a spaceship from another world. Together, they will lead a battle to try to save Earth from a powerful alien race, YouTube's blog post added.

YouTube offers a free 30-day trial for those who are hesitant to spend $10 a month for Red Originals. Subscribers of Google Play Music, which costs $10 a month as well, have access to Red Originals as part of their package. All the same, Red Originals subscribers are also granted access to Google Play Music, CNET reported.

YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, but its expansion is expected this year, the news outlet added. For now, users living outside the U.S. can only buy videos via YouTube or Google Play. Check this out for more information on YouTube Red's availability in your country.

Following the first four original programs, YouTube also plans to unveil four more over the next few months, including PranksvsPranks' "Prank Academy," Alpine Labs' "Fight of the Living Dead," The Game Theorists' "Untitled 360 Game Theory," and CollegeHumor's "Bad Internet," the blog post listed. Two new programs will also be released later this year: an untitled Gigi Gorgeous project and "Foursome" from AwesomenessTV.

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