YouTube’s Streaming Service To Charge iOS Users An ‘Apple Tax’

YouTube is getting into the competitive market of paid music and video streaming services with their new YouTube Red app. For ten bucks a month, you can watch YouTube wherever you want (online or offline) and without advertisements.

Most importany of all, Red subscribers will be able to actually see more content than non-paying viewers. News has also just come out that because of Apple’s taking 30% of all in-app purchases, YouTube has raised the monthly fee for iOS users to $12,99 instead of $9,99. It seems a tad unfair to actually let the user pay for Apple and YouTube’s nitpicking.

YouTube Red will keep up their revenue-sharing model with content creators like they do on regular YouTube, only creators will have to sign a new licensing agreement. If they decline, YT will hide all their videos from the channel. The TechCrunch blog explains: “Google says the goal is to offer consistency, so people thinking about subscribing to Red don’t have to worry about their favorite content not being available in the ad-free service.”

Below is a summary of the other video streaming services and their monthly subscription prices.

  • Netflix: $8.99
  • Hulu: $7.99, or $11.99 for the ad-free option
  • Amazon Prime: $99 per year (about $8.25 per month)
  • HBO Now: $14.99
  • Showtime: $10.99

Source: TechCrunch