It's happening, folks. YouTube has officially entered the paid streaming race with YouTube Red Originals, featuring new content available only to paying subscribers. As of today, users can now enjoy an array of new original series and movies from four of its most popular content creators: Astronauts Wanted ("A Trip to Unicorn Island"), Rooster Teeth ("Lazer Team"), PewDiePie ("Scare PewDiePie") and AwesomenessTV ("Dance Camp").
If you want to banish any advertisements from interrupting your favourite videos, view your favorites without having to pay for those pesky data overage costs, and the ability to play videos in the background across your entire set of devices, YouTube Red has come to save the day. The subscription service is ad-free, features offline viewing and background mode. It costs $9.99 a month, but to see what it's like for 30 days, you can sign up for a free trial.
For this first slate of movies, the team at Astronauts Wanted have created "A Trip to Unicorn Island," which gives an audiences a look into the extraordinary life of Lily Singh, who embarked on a 26-city tour around the globe, only to remember that "happiness is the only thing worth fighting for." In "Lazer Team," from Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films, a group of small-town nobodies end up having to save the Earth from an evil enemy. And, finally, in "Dance Camp" from AwesomenessTV, the film features empowerment through the power of dance.
YouTube Red's first original series comes from none other than PewDiePie himself: "Scare PewDiePie," a reality-adventure series created with the help of the executive producers of "The Walking Dead." Inspired by his favorite video games, thrills and hilarity ensue as PewDiePie confronts terrifying situations.
In addition, this morning YouTube announced two new projects that are slated for release later this year, exclusively to Red subscribers (all descriptions from YouTube):
Untitled Gigi Gorgeous Project: YouTube creator Gigi Gorgeous and two-time Academy Award Winner Barbara Kopple have partnered with SELECTNEXT and Sander Moses to create this feature-length documentary that explores the intimate journey of a transgender woman from her childhood to life as a successful media personality. Together, they will ask the question, "What does it mean to be transgender in the uncensored new media world?"
"Foursome": An original series from AwesomenessTV, stars Jenn McAllister (JennxPenn) as Andie, an undateable sophomore -- thanks to her older brother Alec (Logan Paul), who makes sure no guy comes near her. Andie must rely on the unbreakable bond she has with her three best friends, as they navigate the hormone-induced journey, known as high school.
And if all of that wasn't nearly enough, over the next few months YouTube Red will launch four more series from a variety of their most popular content generators:
"Prank Academy": YouTube's most sensational pranksters, Jesse and Jeana of PrankvsPrank and BFvsGF, take their mischief to the next level and put their expertise to work as they mentor celebrity guests, teaching them how to pull-off their most ambitious and complicated pranks yet with the help of some of YouTube’s biggest stars.
"Fight of the Living Dead": In an unprecedented social experiment reality show from Alpine Labs, Fight of the Living Dead takes popular YouTube talent and traps them in a frighteningly realistic zombie apocalypse. They must use their instincts and gaming skills to survive as they battle the elements for the ultimate prize of survival.
Untitled 360 Game Theory: YouTube educator and pop culture expert MatPat from The Game Theorists invites the audience to come along for the ride in an innovative new series and 360 VR experience. In each episode Matt explores the real-life science behind popular video games by throwing gamers into the high-stakes scenarios they play through every day, from water jetpacks to bomb disposal.
"Bad Internet": Written by and starring the cast of CollegeHumor, along with special guests, this new anthology series will take a dark and comedic look at the absurdity of Internet culture.
At the rate YouTube Red is going, it doesn't seem like they'll be slowing down any time soon. So, for all things YouTube Red Originals, click here for news on the latest movies, shows, clips, trailers, and behind-the-scenes content.
A subscription to YouTube Red will cost you $9.99 a month, but the first month is free. Sign up here.