YouTube to launch $9.99 Netflix rival next week with ‘Red Originals’


YouTube is set to launch its paid video service on 10th February, with one TV show and three feature-length films as first exclusive content.

The YouTube Red content will debut in the US, the only country where service has launched so far.

Fans elsewhere in the world will have to buy the shows and films from YouTube, or buy and rent them from the Google Play store.

The line up from YouTuube is republished below:

· A Trip to Unicorn Island: From the team at Astronauts Wanted, this feature-length movie gives fans a look inside the life and journey of Musician and performer Lilly Singh as she embarks on a 26-city global tour.

· Dance Camp: This feature film from AwesomenessTV focuses on a dance team as they overcome odds.

· 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, sees PewDiePie encounter terrifying situations inspired by his favourite video games.

YouTube is hoping that exclusive shows and films will persuade some of its 1bn monthly viewers to start paying $9.99 a month for YouTube Red, although its features also include removing advertising; downloading videos for offline viewing; and a bundled subscription to the Google Play Music streaming service.

YouTube has yet to confirm when its new subscription service will expand beyond the US, or which countries it will target first.

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