YouTube to expand Red service to more countries

YouTube plans to expand its subscription service Red to over 100 countries this year, said CEO Susan Wojcicki during a live talk at Recode’s Code Media conference this week.
YouTube Red first launched in October 2015 in the United States, for USD 9.99, and now is only available in five countries, including Mexico, the only one in Latin America (the others are Australia, New Zealand and Korea, beside the US).
The platform allows subscribers to access videos without advertising and download them to watch offline. It also includes exclusive content, background playback and subscription to Google Play Music at no additional cost.
During the conference, Wojcicki referred to YouTube Red as “a music service”, although the executive did not mentioned a possible merger of Red with Google Play Music, something that had been announced in mid- 2017.