YouTube has announced a new service today, YoutTubeRed. A monthly subscription service that will apply to all content on YouTube.
The service will cost users $9.99 a month and offers just 3 selling points for the cost.
The first is most likely the reason this service exists in the first place, Ad-Free videos across all of YouTube. This is clearly something users have wanted for a quite a while, considering the use of Ad-Block cost advertisers an estimated $22 Billion over the last year.
Secondly, the subscription plan allows users to download videos for offline viewing. Something many confident internet users have been able to do almost since YouTube has been around.
The most frustrating selling point of the service in my opinion is that they are locking the ability to use the mobile app in the background on your phone or tablet. Meaning if you use Ad-Block and know how to download videos already, you're looking at a service that costs ten bucks a month just to listen to YouTube videos while also being able to text someone... Which is a function that just about any other application can do at no cost to the consumer and has been a very popular topic on the YouTube forums for years.
The Service launches on the 28th of this month just in time for Halloween, and sure as hell scared the shit out of me. I've expressed my animosity a few times on social media for Ad-Block and its users, as it could lead to sites like YouTube charging monthly subscriptions. Well my worst fears have come true. Sure its optional now, but down the road don't be shocked if this will become the only way to access videos on YouTube.
But don't worry, you can actually do something about that. Do not get this service, remove Ad-Block, and watch a 10-15 second advertisement before your video. And if that sounds like too much work let me compare your possible future option of a $10 a month cost to what I've suggested.
If you watch 20-30 YouTube videos a day like me and we'll go on the long end here and say they are all 15 seconds (even if quite a few are only 5) That means you probably spend about 8 minutes a day watching advertisements, or just under 4 hours a month. Meaning for spending an hour a week watching ads, you save $2.50 a week. Or $120 a year, the cost of 2 AAA games. Now was watching those ads for an hour a week worth two more games a year? The answer, is fuck yes.