When Is YouTube Red Coming To The UK?

19 March 2018, 11:38

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

YouTube's premium video service has been around since 2015, but when is it arriving on UK shores?

YouTube Red is YouTube's flagship paid service, offering access to ad-free videos and YouTube Original projects for a monthly fee. It's like Spotify, if Spotify was for video and had way fewer users. The service launched in 2014, was rebranded as 'YouTube Red' in 2015 and has been chugging along ever since, with mixed results.

So when is it coming to the UK?

YouTube has been weirdly vague about YouTube Red coming to the UK since the very start. From a business standpoint, it seems bizarre that their flagship service would not be available in such a big market, but hey, you never know what kind of business nonsense goes on behind the scenes of these giant companies.

YouTube announced that YouTube Red would be expanding to '100 more countries'. However, in typical YouTube fashion, they didn't actually say when this would be happening, just that it would 'soon'. When newspaper The Sun reached out to YouTube about what 'soon' actually means, a spokesperson said: "we don't have plans to announce at this time."

The service is currently only available in Australia, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand and The United States - a selection of countries that only makes the exclusion of the UK seem even more baffling.

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How much will it cost?

A Red membership costs $9.99 a month in the US, which would be about £6.50 in UK money. However companies often have a cheeky habit of pretending exchange rates don't exist, so don't be surprised if the service turns up priced at £9.99. That is, if it ever makes it to the UK at all.

What does a YouTube Red membership get you?

Paying for YouTube Red gets you ad free videos on YouTube (ad block, but legit). On top of this, you can also access YouTube videos, including music videos, offline. The service also includes YouTube music, YouTube's own music streaming service.

Further, a Red membership gives you access to a gated-off library of premium content, mostly produced in-house by YouTube. These range from the upcoming Liza Koshy show 'Liza On Demand', to Dan and Phil's 2017 tour to the infamously cancelled 'Scare PewDiePie'.

For more info, why not check out our list of YouTube Originals, ranked by how much you're not going to watch them.