YouTube bring­ing paid stream­ing to Canada

Com­pany re­brands paid subscriptions ser­vices and ex­pands to more ter­ri­to­ries

StarMetro Calgary - - DAILY LIFE - Raju Mud­har EN­TER­TAIN­MENT REPORTER

YouTube is fi­nally bring­ing its sub­scrip­tion ser­vices to Canada.

The com­pany an­nounced that it is launch­ing two new ser­vices, YouTube Mu­sic and YouTube Premium, next Tues­day in the U.S., Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Mex­ico and South Korea, and then much more widely, in­clud­ing in Canada in the com­ing weeks. There is no date an­nounced for launch here. The ser­vices re­place YouTube Red, its cur­rent paid video plat­form, which is ad-free and hosts the com­pany’s orig­i­nal pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing Karate Kid spinoff se­ries Co­bra Kai.

“YouTube Mu­sic is a new mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice made for mu­sic: of­fi­cial songs, al­bums, thou­sands of playlists and artist ra­dio plus YouTube’s tremen­dous cat­a­log of remixes, live per­for­mances, cov­ers and mu­sic videos that you can’t find any­where else — all sim­ply or­ga­nized and per­son­al­ized,” said a post on the com­pany’s of­fi­cial blog.

YouTube Mu­sic will cost $9.99 a month, while YouTube Premium will be $11.99 a month.

YouTube Premium is the place where the com­pany’s orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming will live. This in­clude se­ries like the buzzy Co­bra Kai, a crit­i­cally ac­claimed se­ries fea­tur­ing Ralph Mac­chio and Wil­liam Zabka, repris­ing their roles from The Karate Kid film from 1984. YouTube rushed out the launch news. Find out why at thes­tar.com/en­ter­tain­ment

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