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Few incidents resulted as the subject of criticism towards this new subscription-based service, YouTube Red, offered by Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL). The concern arises for people living in US, who will have to pay for their favorite content, as YouTube Red’s terms and conditions don’t allow for certain content to be viewed in the region.
Reportedly, Jed Whitaker received emails from YouTube, informing that his certain videos will not be accessible in US. He further pointed out that some videos made by Japanese game developers that had ad-display and were a source of revenue, have also been blocked. ESPN has recently removed a large number of videos from YouTube because of the terms and conditions as well.
Irrespective of these cases, YouTube had recently conducted conferences in New York and San Francisco, where the company exposed YouTube Red. The service is expected to launch on October 28, 2015 and will charge $9.99 per month.
According to YouTube’s official blog, the company declared its upcoming features, which are YouTube Music, Gaming apps, and Kids apps, respectively. The YouTube Red’s subscription package, as announced, offers ultimate YouTube experience, with an option to skip ads and save videos to view offline. The coverage include membership to stream videos over all platforms of an account and gaming apps. Furthermore, it has also covered Music app streaming, which is expected to be released in future.
The company has officially announced one-month free trial of YouTube Red for its US based customers that starts from October 28, 2015.
YouTube has potential threat to lose its contributors across the globe because of its content restrictions. As per TechCrunch’s report, YouTube is not concerned with the potential risk of contributors not agreeing to the terms and conditions of the company because they have already agreed upon it. The new service seem to be a positive light for YouTube, provided that it accomplishes its viewer’s expectations and justifies the amount it charge in return for the service.