You Can Now Watch Ad-Supported Movies For Free On YouTube

YouTube has recently rolled out free-to-watch ad-supported Hollywood feature films

YouTube has recently rolled out free-to-watch ad-supported Hollywood feature

When you think of streaming movies legally, you usually assume a subscription fee is involved.

Google is making roughly 100 movies available for free on YouTube. Some of the more notable titles include Igor, numerous Rocky films, The Terminator, Saved, and Hackers.

There's no word on how YouTube Premium subscribers are affected by this, but some users report (and it seems likely) that the ad-free subscription extends to these free movies as well.

YouTube Director of Product Management Rohit Dhawan says that they're still experimenting.

A look at the new'free to watch section of You Tube Movies & Shows
A look at the new'free to watch section of You Tube Movies

YouTube says that it started the ad-supported movies due to demand from viewers and that it saw the ad spots as an opportunity for advertisers.

The Google spokesperson told Gizmodo the movies come courtesy its partnerships with major Hollywood studios, and honestly, the roster of free stuff to watch looks pretty great!

Previously, the Movies & Shows page only listed films and TV programs that you could purchase to watch. It's safe to assume that will be the norm, but there's also an opportunity for advertisers to sponsor specific videos and grab all the slots for itself.

However, starting in October this year, the online streaming service quietly launched a channel allowing free streaming ─ supported by ads ─ of a limited number of films.

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