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YouTube GO: You’re not allowed to use it

YouTube GO: You’re not allowed to use it

This week we're seeing the first non-Beta version of YouTube GO, an app that allows downloads of YouTube videos. This is not the only official app that allows video downloads - that distinction also belongs to the subscription payment service YouTube Red, as well. This app is the only free official YouTube video downloader from Google - but there's another catch or three.

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YouTube Red’s next original series is a Tinder-based comedy called ‘Swipe Right’

YouTube Red’s next original series is a Tinder-based comedy called ‘Swipe Right’

YouTube Red's original programs have yet to catch up to those from Netflix and Amazon in terms of quality and viewership, but the premium service continues to expand its catalog of content. The company has now greenlit a scripted comedy series based on the dating app Tinder, titled — wait for it — Swipe Right, and focuses on a woman who decides to go on a date with all 252 of her Tinder matches.

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YouTube Red, Google Play Music merger confirmed by YouTube exec

YouTube Red, Google Play Music merger confirmed by YouTube exec

Google will soon be consolidating its music streaming strategy, which, in all honesty, is a long time coming. Almost like its confusing assortment of messaging services, music in Google can come from a variety of sources. One is the more obvious Google Play Music, but YouTube, which is normally about streaming videos, also does have music-related offering, including YouTube Red. Soon, however, there might only be one, if YouTube’s head of music, Lyor Cohen, sees it through.

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YouTube Kids adds YouTube Red support and all of its features

YouTube Kids adds YouTube Red support and all of its features

YouTube Kids, the company’s child-friendly platform, now supports YouTube Red. This means YouTube Red subscribers can download the YouTube Kids app for their child and have it work with all of YouTube Red’s features, including ad-free videos for parents who want to avoid having advertisements flashed in their kids’ eyes. As of today, the support is available in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

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YouTube Red subscribers are getting free Chromecasts

YouTube Red subscribers are getting free Chromecasts

If you've not signed up for YouTube Red, you're not alone. Despite YouTube's offer to let people pay for the option of not having ads, most people would rather watch ads than pay. Or probably more correctly, people will rather block ads for free, than pay to not see them. But Google wants to reward some of those people who have signed up for the service.

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YouTube Red Original exclusive content coming 10th February

YouTube Red Original exclusive content coming 10th February

"The time has come," the Walrus said. Or in this case YouTube said. October last year it launched the new YouTube Red subscription service but ever since that day, all that subscribers have enjoyed were ad free viewing and listening. In little less than a week, YouTube will be delivering the other half of that promise: exclusive, original content. On February 10, YouTube will be releasing a new online video series and three full-length films featuring some of the most famous characters and groups on YouTube.

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YouTube videos now load while paused

YouTube videos now load while paused

Android users will be first in seeing a brand new "buffering" text in their YouTube apps when a video is loading. This is unlike the past in which a spinning "wheel of death" was seen or - worse still - the video would just pause without any indication that it was about to start up again. Today, Google provides some much-needed notification of what's happening. Almost like they're opening the doors to you, the user, allowing you to see what's actually going on in the app, in your internet, as your video loads.

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YouTube Red blocks several gaming videos from US viewers

YouTube Red blocks several gaming videos from US viewers

Earlier this month we introduced you to YouTube Red. Personally, I'm excited to see Google working on a way to remove ads from videos, without using some sort of ad-blocker. Unfortunately, with good intentions you can unfortunately have some negative side-effects. In this case, it's lead to some gaming videos to be blocked in the US.

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YouTube Red: How, When, and Why

YouTube Red: How, When, and Why

This morning YouTube revealed a subscription service that'll encompass not only all of the video content they have to offer, but music from Google as well. With YouTube Red, users will pay a monthly fee to be able to view the vast majority of YouTube content without advertisements, and offline, too. This service ties in with Google Play Music - and YouTube Music Key - as they'll soon all be offered under the same umbrella, for the same monthly fee, all at once.

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YouTube Red: subscription service for ad-free video and music

YouTube Red: subscription service for ad-free video and music

This morning YouTube debuted "YouTube Red", Google's first attempt at making a fully ad-free subscription-included video service. This service will be delivered for $9.99 a month and will include the entirety of YouTube without any advertisements whatsoever. This service also includes the ability to play videos on your smartphone or laptop offline - similar to downloading said video, sort of. YouTube Red also includes YouTube Music and includes a full subscription to Google Play Music - streaming all the music you want.

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