YouTube Kids, the child-friendly version of YouTube’s service launched last year which faced criticism for the way it handled advertisements, has today launched a version of the service that will offer parents the option to pay for an ad-free experience. Now, YouTube Kids will be bundled into the YouTube Red subscription program, a paid membership that offers a variety of features, including offline videos, background play, and no paid ads.
Explains Google in an announcement, YouTube Red will now be extended to the YouTube Kids application, meaning kid videos can be saved for those times you don’t have a connection, songs can be sung along to even while using other apps, and paid advertisements will disappear.
For YouTube Red subscribers, these features also work in YouTube’s main application as well as its standalone YouTube Music and Gaming apps, in addition to YouTube Kids. (The Kids app works with the Red subscription in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand for the time being, Google notes.)
That all sounds great, right? Well…