After almost four years of waiting, YouTube personality Shay Butler’s fans finally get to see “Vlogumentary” in full. The long-awaited movie will premiere online Wednesday, but it won’t be as easily available as Shay and his family’s daily Shaytards vlogs.
In order to view the feature length film, which follows several of YouTube’s most affluent personalities and their media revolution, fans must subscribe to YouTube Red, YouTube’s paid content service. Shay recently explained his decision to partner with the service in a vlog.
“I know there are some of you guys who are frustrated,” Shay told his 4.8 million subscribers in his Oct. 20 vlog. Shay said he understands some are not interested in paying money to see the film, but that he ultimately decide to partner with the platform because he believed in their cause: supporting creators to do bigger projects.
“That’s supporting team internet,” Shay said. “Theses are the people that have been trying upload and create free content for a decade and now we’re trying to create other stuff that we couldn’t before and YouTube Red is enabling us to do it. I’m super proud that YouTube Red believed in our movie ‘Vlogumentary’ enough to buy it.”
After years of putting out free content on his YouTube channels, the Idaho native says he feels they’ve created a culture where viewers expect content to always be free. “It’s not cheap, it’s not easy to make a lot of this stuff,” he explained. “It’s just the evolution of this thing that we all love and it’s not like the other YouTube is going to go away, but I see YouTube Red as a really cool place...”
So, just how can you tune in to “Vlougmentary”? Luckily for longtime viewers, there is a way to watch it for free. While access to YouTube Red’s content costs $9.99 per month, first-time subscribers can get a complimentary 31-day trial. Not only will signing up get you access to watch “Vlogumentary” and dozens of other original movies and shows, it also comes with the perk of getting access to ad-free videos, interrupted music and more. To sign up, you must be 18 years of age or older and have a PayPal account or credit card to put on file.
YouTube Red, however, is not readily available everywhere. Currently, only those in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and the U.S. will be given access to the movie through the platform. Those in other countries are able purchase the film on Google Play or via YouTube here.
“Vlogumentary” premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April. The film was produced by famed documentarian Morgan Spurlock and directed by Matthew Testa. Shay’s wife, Colette Butler, Charles Trippy of CTFxC and Grace Helbig are just some of the documentary’s other stars.
“Vlogumentary” premieres on YouTube Red on Wednesday, Oct. 26.