YouTube Tests Cheaper ‘Premium Lite’ Subscription for Ad-Free Viewing

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YouTube is piloting a new cheaper subscription tier in Europe called “Premium Lite,” which offers ad-free viewing minus YouTube Premium’s other features.

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First spotted by a user on ResetEra and subsequently confirmed by Google, the “Lite” plan means users who aren’t interested in offline downloads or background playback can still enjoy YouTube videos on web and mobile app without being interrupted by ads.

A YouTube spokesperson told The Verge:

“In Nordics and Benelux (except for Iceland), we’re testing a new offering to give users even more choice: Premium Lite costs €6.99/month (or local equivalent per month) and it includes ad-free videos on YouTube.”

A standard YouTube Premium plan costs around €11.99/£11.99 a month in Europe and $11.99 in the United States, and includes ad-free viewing on web, mobile app, smart TVs and consoles, as well as ad-free YouTube Music listening, background playback, and offline downloads.

As The Verge notes, the “Lite” option costs around 60% of the price of a Premium plan but only offers a quarter of the features. However, YouTube says that the subscription plan is still in an experimental phase, and that it could still roll out more plans to gauge user feedback.

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