October 29, 2015

Subscription Services – The Norm?

Subscription services like Hulu, Netflix, and the newer Tidal have been popping up within the past decade and have been quite popular among consumers. Many people are slowly going from watching TV to simply watching their shows on Hulu or Netflix when they are brought there.

Why do I bring this up? YouTube, which I shouldn’t have to explain to you what YouTube is, has put together their own subscription service called Red, which will offer “no ads, the ability to save videos for offline viewing, and access to YouTube and Google’s music streaming services” for a cost of $9.99 per month.

Will it catch on? Who knows, but the promise of no ads is certainly something that catches my attention. They also mentioned, like what Netflix does, that they will offer exclusive content for those who are on the subscription service.

YouTube is offering a month free trial of Red to users starting yesterday as of publishing this post, so you can certainly check it out now and come up with your own conclusions. I personally think it will be a hard sell as people are probably so used to seeing ads before the videos on YouTube anyways, but as mentioned earlier, the “no ads” feature may catch users’ attention (as it did mine).

What are your thoughts on “Red”? Do you think that it will take off as YouTube thinks?

That’s all for now, until next time…keep that tech gear ticking.