YouTube Red launched October 2015 as a paid subscription service for ad-free YouTube videos and original programming. Instead of paying creators based on ad revenue, YouTube pays creators based on watch time and volume of videos streamed relative to all other videos on the service. YouTube Red has made inroads into original programming with movies, documentaries, and reality and scripted series from homegrown creators.

For fans and content creators, YouTube Red already a tricky subject
Reactions vary to the new YouTube service that will cost $9.99 per month starting Oct. 28.
Meet YouTube Red, YouTube’s new ad-free subscription service
Ad-free YouTube will only cost $9.99 per month.