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YouTube Originals Released Post September 24 to be Free with Ads

The video-sharing site, in an email to Premium subscribers, said that Premium members will have early access to the shows, along with bonus footage

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FILE - Silhouettes are seen in front of a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Oct. 29, 2014. VOA

Months after confirming that its Originals programming would soon be free with advertisements, YouTube has finally announced content released after September 24 will be available to non-YouTube Premium subscribers as well.

“The new freemium model for YouTube’s original content begins after September 24, 2019. All YouTube Originals series, movies, and live events moving forward will be free to watch with ads for ‘non-members’.

“However, there will be tiering system where Premium subscribers ‘get immediate access to every episode of a new season’ for binging. Free watchers will have to wait for each new instalment to be released,” 9to5Google recently reported.

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The video-sharing site, in an email to Premium subscribers, said that Premium members will have early access to the shows, along with bonus footage.

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This is being seen as the Google-owned video sharing platform’s new “Single Slate” strategy and comes at a time when most other media companies such as Netflix and Amazon Prime are putting content behind paywalls. (IANS)

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YouTube To Discontinue Subscription of YouTube TV Via Apple’s App Store in March

Currently, Apple takes a 30 per cent cut of in-app subscriptions for the first year and a 15 per cent cut in the following years

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"You'll be billed for one final month of service and then your in-app purchase subscription will be cancelled automatically on your billing date after March 13, 2020," the company added. Pixabay

YouTube has started sending out emails to customers who have subscribed its YouTube TV service through Apple’s App Store with a warning that their subscriptions will be discontinued in March.

“You are currently subscribed to YouTube TV through Apple in-app purchases, so we are writing to let you know that, starting March 13, 2020, YouTube TV will no longer accept payment through Apple in-app purchases,” the company said in a mail that many YouTube TV subscribers received in the last couple of days.

“You’ll be billed for one final month of service and then your in-app purchase subscription will be cancelled automatically on your billing date after March 13, 2020,” the company added.

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YouTube has started sending out emails to customers who have subscribed its YouTube TV service through Apple’s App Store with a warning that their subscriptions will be discontinued in March. Pixabay

The email does not explain why Google is removing one of the ways people can pay for YouTube TV, but the likely reason is that Google may be following the path of other services like Netflix and Spotify that bypass the App Store to avoid commissions.

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Currently, Apple takes a 30 per cent cut of in-app subscriptions for the first year and a 15 per cent cut in the following years. (IANS)