There is good news for those who want to watch YouTube Originals but don’t want to pay for YouTube Premium. Earlier this year, YouTube promised to make its original shows available for free to non-paying members too as ad-supported programming. It seems that the company has stayed true to its promise as this post on YouTube Help states that all YouTube Originals series, movies and live events released on September 24th and beyond will be accessible to non-paying members.
Until now, YouTube Originals have mainly been available on its YouTube Premium subscription service, although YouTube also has expanded the shows and movies it makes available on an ad-supported basis.
“As we look to 2019, we will continue to invest in scripted programming and shift to make our YouTube Originals ad-supported to meet the growing demand of a more global fanbase,” a YouTube rep said in a statement.
Benefits of YouTube Premium
Premium subscribers will still enjoy a better viewing experience. These subscribers will enjoy content which is ad-free and will be able to get their hands on the programming before non-paying subscribers. Premium members will also get access to all the available episodes in a series right when they premiere. Non-paying subscribers, on the other hand, will have to wait for each episode in a series to be released for viewing.
YouTube Premium costs Rs. 129 per month currently. Premium subscribers enjoy all the above-mentioned benefits. There are more benefits like the ability to download YouTube Originals for offline viewing. Premium subscribers also get exclusive access to bonus content such as director’s cuts and extra scenes of YouTube Originals when available.
Watching YouTube Originals content for free with ads doesn’t seem like a bad compromise to make keeping in mind the monthly subscription.
YouTube has also said that by 2020, original shows and movies will be available in free windows for all YouTube users. However, in the near term, some original productions will continue to remain behind the paywall. This includes the new season of YouTube production “Cobra Kai,” an offshoot of the “Karate Kid” movies.