YouTube Red has been available for over a year in the US and has since expanded to New Zealand and Australia followed by Mexico. But there's a fifth country that has either gotten YouTube Red recently or will be getting it soon: South Korea.
According to Google's Support page for YouTube Red, the service is now available in "Korea," by which we presume it's South Korea, because rumors about the launch in the country have been spreading for a few months... and because launching in North Korea sounds just a little far-fetched. The paid subscription would grant users ad-free access to YouTube on all devices where they're signed in with their account, offline video saves, background playback, as well as the possibility to watch YouTube Red Original Movies and Series.
The appeal of YouTube Red though will be limited in South Korea, first because the country still doesn't have Google Play Music, so the Red subscription won't bring with it an All Access membership. Second and most importantly, the country's population seems not so used to paying for video services and even Netflix is struggling to gain momentum there, mostly because of a lack of added value in terms of tailor-made content for Korean users (report by Korea Times).
If you live in South Korea, check to see if YouTube Red is available to you already and if so, let us know what you think of the service's pricing and value.
- Google Support