Television

Youtube joins Netflix and Amazon with its first big budget original series

Youtube Red

Youtube Red, Google’s paid video subscription service has joined the fray and ordered its first big budget original series, Step Up, the New York times reports. The 10 part scripted series will be based on the Lionsgate Step Up movies, the first of which debuted back in August 2006.

Netflix began producing original content in 2010 when it acquired the rights to political drama House of Cards. Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos announced in January that they plan to produce 600 hours of original content this year. To put that into perspective, cable and satellite network HBO is also hoping to produce 600 hours of original content, The Motley Fool reports. Amazon premiered its own first original series, Alpha House and Betas in 2013, and has continued to produce big budget original series since, with its new motoring show The Grand Tour starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May due for release later this year.

The $10 a month Youtube Red subscription service launched in October last year in the US, and launched in Australia and New Zealand in May this year. The service has plans for expansion into Europe soon.