PewDiePie, Lilly Singh and other YouTube stars to headline original shows, movies
Will air on YouTube Red, paid subscription service showing YouTube videos without ad breaks
PewDiePie, who has attracted 42 million followers with his comic commentary on videogame gameplay, will star in a reality-adventure series that will see the Swedish gamer combat horrors in real-life games.
Other YouTube stars such as Canadian comedian Lilly (Superwoman) Singh and comedy producer Rooster Teeth and teen network Awesomeness TV will be involved in full-length movies that will premiere on YouTube Red on Feb. 10.
The original movies and show are part of Google parent Alphabet Inc's efforts to offer more to customers on YouTube Red, the $10-a-month U.S. service that allows viewers to watch videos across YouTube without ad breaks.
The move will pit YouTube against video streaming pioneer Netflix, whose standard plan in the United States also costs $10 per month. While YouTube Red is available only in the United States, Netflix last month launched its service in an additional 130 countries, covering almost the entire globe.