YouTube’s ad-free paid subscription service it launched a year ago, YouTube Red, is failing to take off, according to a report from The Verge’s Micah Singleton.
YouTube Red had just 1.5 million paying subscribers as of late summer, with another 1 million signed up on a free trial basis, according to The Verge, which cited “multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.”
Almost a third of all people on the internet — more than 1 billion people — use YouTube, according to statistics on its website, but it appears to be having trouble converting them into paid users.
For $9.99 (£8.05) a month, YouTube Red members can watch ad-free videos, save them to watch offline, use YouTube Music, get access to a Google Play Music subscription — which includes over 30 million songs — and access YouTube Red original series and movies. The service has launched in the US, Australia, Mexico, and New Zealand so far.
In a statement sent to Business Insider, a YouTube spokesperson said: “We’re pleased with momentum behind YouTube Red and we’re seeing healthy growth of members each month. While we don’t release or comment on speculative numbers, we’re seeing strong engagement of the service in the four countries we’ve launched, leading us to invest in more originals series and movies for 2017 and increased marketing of YouTube Music.”