One of the benefits of YouTube's pay level, YouTube Premium, is access to YouTube Originals – scripted programming more like traditional TV shows than most of the other content you'll find on YouTube. It seems however that the streaming platform is changing course, since it was announced that Originals would be available without subscription by 2020.
The move to an advertising-funded model aims to "meet the growing demand for a more global fan base," according to a statement obtained by Vanity Fair. The company has announced plans to make all of its original programs available for free by 2020. Advertisements appear to be new to advertisers, and YouTube is a new way to collect these adorable dollars. .
YouTube has made several feature films, including Rocky IV and Legally Blonde, available for free on its platform with ads last week. Once the originals are free, Premium subscribers will be able to see them earlier than non-subscribers – and still without ads, of course.