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YouTube brings down paywall

Step Up: High Water has been put in front of YouTube’s paywall

YouTube has made a selection of its originals, which were previously available only in their entirety to its premium subscribers, free to watch without ads for a limited time.

Susanne Daniels

The originals put in front of the paywall include Sherwood, Escape the Night, Matpat’s Game Lab, Step Up: High Water, Impulse and Sideswiped, while YouTube will make additional shows free to watch over the next few weeks.

The Google-owned platform said the move had been taken to encourage viewers to stay at home in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus..

“As people cope with a more limited way of life, we remain committed to lifting peoples’ spirits during these challenging times,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content for YouTube.

“With a diverse collection of fan favourite YouTube Originals now available to stream for free, we are continuing to promote safety while offering our users of all ages entertainment across the globe.”

YouTube Premium changed up its subscription model towards the end of last year when it decided to release its originals in front of its paywall one episode at a time. Viewers who want to watch the whole series immediately can do so by paying for a YouTube Premium subscription.

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