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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 YouTube Music app is displayed on a mobile phone in Los Angeles. VOA

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 Working to Overhaul its Verification Programme

Verified channels currently have a checkmark next to their channel name

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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

YouTube is working to overhaul its verification programme amid a controversy over the content it pushes to its users.

“When viewers come to YouTube, it’s important that they know the channel they are watching is the official presence of the creator, artist, public figure or company that it represents.

“With that in mind, we’re announcing upcoming changes to our channel verification programme starting in late October. There are two parts to the new verification programme, a new look and new eligibility requirements,” the company wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

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FILE – Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

The video sharing platform has reportedly said that the policy changes, which would go into effect in October, would move away from using subscription numbers to determine verification.

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Verified channels currently have a checkmark next to their channel name.

Through our research, we found that viewers often associated the checkmark with an endorsement of content, not identity. To reduce confusion about what being verified means, we’re introducing a new look that helps distinguish the official channel of the creator, celebrity or brand it represents, the company added. (IANS)