YouTube finally has its new rival. Vessel, the subscription-based streaming service from former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is available to the public starting today. Even better, it’s free for the first year if you signup now.
Head to the site and set up your account within 72 hours of launch, and you won’t have to pay a cent for the first 12 months. Vessel won’t even ask for your credit card info. If you do end up having to pay, it only costs $2.99 per month and promises early access to a wide selection of popular online video channels.
Signing up for Vessel doesn’t take long, though you’ll have to fill out some preferences before getting started. First, the site wants to know what types of videos you’re into, with categories ranging from sports and fashion to vloggers and “geek.” You’ll also need to subscribe to at least a few channels, including mainstream options like The Tonight Show and YouTube classics like Epic Meal Time.
Once you’re done, all that’s left to do is start watching. There’s already a pretty big library of content available, with more coming soon. You can also check out Vessel on any device running iOS 7 and up. There’s no support for Android yet, though hopefully that’s not too far behind.