YouTube Premium rolls out in Vietnam

By Luu Quy   April 12, 2023 | 04:47 pm PT
YouTube Premium rolls out in Vietnam
A YouTube video on a hospital TV shows an ad for a medical facility, March 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Luu Quy
YouTube Premium, the Google pay service to watch YouTube videos without ads, has become available in Vietnam, starting at a price of VND49,000 ($2.09) a month.

Google’s initial offering of YouTube Premium services has first been available to only select customers first from Wednesday, before the mass rollout begins next week.

The monthly subscription fee for individuals is VND79,000, and VND149,000 for families, which can include up to 5 accounts. Students can subscribe monthly for VND49,000.

Users can pay directly by connecting their Google account with an international payment card, similar to how they buy Google Drive storage. iOS users can also make payments via iTunes.

YouTube Premium is a premium account package with more benefits than the free version, including no ads, picture-in-picture mode, background playback, video downloads, and uninterrupted YouTube Music services.

Previously, Vietnamese users have reported being bombarded with ads, even illegal ones, like those for fake medicines and herbs, on their free accounts. Some users have bought Premium overseas, or from third parties for VND30,000-35,000 per month. With the latter option, they will be added to a family group with five other users to use a family Premium account.

However, this method is only useful for eliminating ads, but other features are not available.

There are also risks from sharing names, addresses and profile pictures with other people in the group, and users may get scammed when buying from third parties.

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