YouTube Red is a paid streaming subscription service exclusively for YouTube in the United States, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and South Korea. It provides advertising-free streaming of all videos hosted by YouTube, offline play, and background playback of videos on mobile devices, access to advertising-free music streaming through Google Play Music, and access to original series and films.
The service was originally launched in November 2014 as Music Key, offering only ad-free streaming of music and music videos from participating labels on YouTube and Google Play Music. The service was then revised and relaunched as YouTube Red on October 31, 2015, expanding its scope to offer ad-free access to all YouTube videos, as opposed to just music.
Besides ad-free streaming, YouTube Red has also participated with major networks and certain YouTube personalities such as MatPat to offer YouTube Red Originals, movies and shows exclusive only to Red members. Access to this content is included with a YouTube Red subscription, but individual episodes and movies can be purchased through YouTube or Google Play Movies & TV in certain countries where subscriptions are not yet available.
A YouTube Red subscription allows users to watch videos on YouTube without advertisements across the website and its mobile apps, including the YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming, and YouTube Kids. Through the apps, users can also save videos to their device for offline viewing, play them in the background, and in picture-in-picture mode on Android Oreo. YouTube Red also offers original, premium content exclusive to subscribers, which is created and published by YouTube's largest channels and creators. The service also offers ad-free music streaming through the Google Play Music All Access service.