As promised last week, Google has now officially launched its YouTube Red subscription service, offering fans of YouTube videos access to ad-free clips, a way to download videos for offline use and more for $9.99 a month.

Here's the breakdown of what people can expect when they sign up for YouTube Red:

  • Ad-free videos: Watch videos without interruptions
  • Save offline: Save videos and songs on your mobile device to watch offline
  • Background play: Keep videos or music playing when using other apps or when your screen's off
  • Google Play Music subscription: Included at no additional cost

In addition any Google Play Music subscribers can access YouTube Red for free. Google points out that any YouTube videos that already require some sort of payment, such as renting movies or TV shows, paid channels and pay-per-view events, are not covered by YouTube's Red service. However, the company is planning to launch a series of videos that will be available just for YouTube Red subscribers starting in 2016.

There is a 30-day free trial for YouTube Red, but it does require a credit or debit card. The service can also be accessed on desktop PCs and TVs in addition to mobile devices.

Thanks to Nathan for the tip!

Source: YouTube Red