YouTube is making movies available for free in the US

21 November, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • YouTube Now Streams Ad-Supported Movies Including ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Rocky’

YouTube quietly added 100 new free movies to its platform, but it comes with a catch. "It also presents a nice opportunity for advertisers".

Ad-supported video-on-demand, a growing market, could potentially mean advertisers could sponsor individual films, which could then be provided to the audience for free, Dhawan told AdAge.

In a new blow to Australian free to air TV stations YouTube has secretly launched a free movie service but there is a snag, you still have to watch ads.

Over in the Movies & Shows section, YouTube has been allowing customers to buy TV shows and films for some time. But suffice to say you can now watch the first five Rocky movies, Legally Blonde, and The Terminator on the site while suffering through a mere handful of commercials.

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It looks as though the available movie selection is only on offer in the U.S. at the time of writing, though it might expand to other regions given time. Several other ad-supported video streaming services like Roku's The Roku Channel and Walmart's streaming service Vudu, as well as Tubi, are already offering its own free, ad-supported movies. According to a report from AdAge, Google started this process in October and includes movies which are either classics or unlikely to make more money otherwise.

There's no word on what other movies will be coming, or with which studios YouTube has cut deals.

YouTube expects to add more titles to the "Free to watch" section over time.

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