After launching in the US last October, it appears that Google has finally brought YouTube Red, their ad-free YouTube service to Australia.
The service hasn’t been officially announced at the time of writing, but all indications are that it is live so it’s just a matter of waiting until Google Australia actually announces that it’s here.
YouTube Red? It’d basically YouTube’s premium offering, which allows users to continue watching (or rather, listening) to videos in the background, eradicate video ads, save videos for viewing offline, and to get access to some exclusive content.
The service is free for Google Play Music subscribers, which normally costs $11.99 per month, although we’re seeing a $9.99 per month offer until June 6th, as you can see below. It appears there’s also a 1-month free trial you can get if you haven’t used Red or Google Play Music before.
YouTube Red includes access to some special content including full length movies from YouTube stars such as the biggest YouTube star of them all: PewDiePie, though we haven’t seen local information on Australian YouTube stars. Expect more when Google officially announces the service later this morning.
The YouTube Red service will also offer subscribers the ability to save videos offline for viewing later. We’ve tried it, and it’s quick and rather cool.
We’re waiting on official confirmation from Google, which should be on the Google Australia blog later today when their press embargo ends (noting we received this info from a tip and our own devices… Not Google! Whoops.)