When it comes to online learning platforms, there might not be a more prestigious name in the business than Masterclass.
Starting in 2014, originally under the name ‘Yanka Industries’, this platform has become renowned for its incredible star-studded line-up of celebrity tutors from all walks of life and professions, as well as the incredible marketing campaigns that have helped make it a household name.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all likely seen them at this point. You’re waiting for the youtube ad to end, only to get hooked in by the seemingly to-the-point lines dropped by whatever master of this particular ad is, from acting to cooking to gambling, to drawing, and everything in between and so much more.
However, when it comes to subscribing to Masterclass itself, there is often apprehension when it comes to signing up for it, especially with the relatively high price tag that you’ll find here between
This is an issue that is further compounded by the fact that there are multiple levels of subscription to the
Many people are often confused by this. What are these extra options? How are they different from the standard
Well, that’s what we’re going to explain here!
In this guide, we are going to explain what exactly these two tiers are, as well as what makes them distinct, not just from standard, but from one another as well.
Masterclass Premium & Plus?
So, before we get into the comparison, we should probably explain how exactly they work.
As the names would suggest,
Both of these subscriptions will give you all access to the many different courses that the service has to offer, as well as the same 30-day guarantee return policy that the standard subscription has.
So far, these two services are looking to be very similar to the standard subscription. They even get access to the same bonus content that the base subscription does.
However, where these subscriptions start to differ a little is the accessibility that these extra tiers offer over the standard.
What Plus & Premium Have Over Standard
For one, both of these subscriptions will allow you to download lessons and lectures so that they can be watched offline, something that the standard package does not allow you to do.
Not only that, but unlike the standard service, which can only be accessed on one device, both Plus and Premium allow you to download and view
And this is where we start to see a delineation between Plus and premium, as that specific number differs depending on your subscription level.
Pricing Plans & What They Offer
This is the primary way in which both of these subscriptions differ. Considering that the Standard pass is offered at around $15 per month or $180 annually, it will be interesting to see how the higher subscriptions far against it
For this extra $60, you can share your
Alternatively, if you can fork out the extra cash, you can have 2 different devices all to yourself!
Of course, this is also on top of the feature that you’ll be able to download your
So, what exactly does
Well, instead of one or two devices, you’ll be able to connect up to 6 devices on the same account, meaning that you and your friends or family will be able to learn from their favorite icons of their respective industries.
This is on top of the offline viewing feature, too, which comes as standard with this tier (not to be confused with the ‘Standard’ tier).
However, this extra connectivity does also come at a price. The Monthly subscription fee to
Ease of Use & Features
So, are there any other distinctions between the Plus and Premium tiers when compared to
Well, both of these tiers have access to the same easy-to-use app or website that Standard subscription owners can use.
Again, to reiterate, the only noticeable difference in service between the subscriptions is that you can download your lessons and watch them away from wifi or data.
Besides that, there is little to no difference between the tier’s features.
Like with the easy-to-use app and website that
While that may be somewhat of a disappointment for people paying that extra price for no extra content, it is reassuring for Standard users that they aren’t exactly missing out on much when it comes to the upper tiers, aside from having these sessions available on both your laptop AND your smartphone.
However, we can’t overstate the convenience of being able to simply watch our favorite lessons whether we are online or off the grid, so don’t rule out these higher options just yet.
However, there are a select number of classes that can still be downloaded in an audio-only format, so that you can still listen to them while on your daily commute, an option available for all tiers, which might be a useful piece of info to keep in mind when the time comes to purchase a subscription.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Access
Masterclass on Multiple Devices, Even At The Standard Tier?
While you may only be able to have one device per
Simply download the app on your television or your smartphone, put in your account login details, and you should be good to go!
Just remember that the original device will log itself out once you do sign in on another device.
(At least, without a Plus or Premium subscription!)
Can You Be Taxed On Your
This will mostly depend on the state in which you are using and paying for your subscription service.
Depending on your location, you may be charged a certain amount of tax on top of your subscription, which will be calculated depending on your location and should be included in your invoice.
Can I Be Charged Monthly For My Subscription Instead Of Annually?
While we have given rough calculations as to how much you are being charged per month, you are currently unable to purchase your Masterclass subscription monthly, quarterly, or bi-annually, no matter what tier you are at.
However, you are still able to cancel your