YouTube's Original Programming Launches Tomorrow

Here's what you can watch for $9.99/month
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 9, 2016 3:01 PM CST
This image provided by YouTube shows YouTube Red Original's "Scare PewDiePie" with actor Felix Kjellberg.   (YouTube via AP)
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(Newser) – YouTube is attempting to make some noise of its own with a crop of films and shows that will be exclusively available with YouTube Red, a subscription service the San Bruno, California-based company launched last October, the AP reports. The first three movies and one series will be available via the $9.99/month subscription service, which also provides ad-free access to the site and a music service, on Wednesday, Bloomberg reports. They are: Lazer Team (a sci-fi comedy), Dance Camp (a dance movie starring "young Internet personalities"), A Trip to Unicorn Island (a documentary about YouTube comedienne Lilly "Superwoman" Singh's world tour), and Scare PewDiePie (a reality show about top YouTuber Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg living out his nightmares).

For their leap into premium programming, YouTube isn't attempting to imitate Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon, which offer films and shows rivaling traditional Hollywood content. While its first crop of movies and series don't look like they were filmed with a webcam in someone's basement, YouTube Originals also don't have the scope of a Marvel movie or an episode of Game of Thrones either. For the reality show, the site enlisted Kjellberg, who normally plays horror games, to swap playing scary video games on his channel to instead be dropped into frightening scenarios conceived by the Walking Dead creator Skybound Entertainment. YouTube currently has dozens of original programming projects in development for YouTube Red, and Daniels said they plan to roll out between 15 and 20 shows and films in 2016. They're also looking to stream films licensed from other outlets. (Read more YouTube stories.)

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