Launching next Wednesday, YouTube Red will cost $9.99 per month. While ad-supported YouTube will remain free, subscribers to YouTube Red will be able to watch ad-free videos across all their devices anytime they are signed into YouTube.
The new YouTube Red experience also lets users save videos to watch offline, perfect for a flight or when someone is away from Wi-Fi service. Videos can also be played in the background of a mobile device, quashing the need to keep a window open as a video plays.
Following the lead of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, YouTube also announced it would provide member-only access to a lineup of original programming beginning early next year. YouTube Originals will feature offerings from some of YouTube's biggest stars.
The Fine Brothers, one of the top-earning duos on YouTube known for their reaction videos, will work on "SING IT!" It’s described as "a scripted comedy that lovingly satirizes the reality singing competitions that have become a centerpiece of pop culture."
YouTube Red will be available next week with a free one-month membership offer extended to customers in the United States.