YouTube now offering free streaming of movies

Brenda Watkins
November 19, 2018

There's no word on what other movies will be coming, or with which studios YouTube has cut deals. These free, feature-length movies are offered in the Movies section of YouTube and have been there since October.

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.

The films are supported by adverts and, although not available in the United Kingdom yet, may become available in time.

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This might also help YouTube get around the fact that half of these movies have already been uploaded to YouTube for free anyway. The list includes The Terminator, Zookeeper and Agent Cody Banks, but it is expected to expand.

"We saw this opportunity based on user demand, beyond just offering paid movies", Youtube's Rohit Dhawan told AdAge. "It also presents a nice opportunity for advertisers".

YouTube added that it will eventually add functionality for advertisers to sponsor individual movies and deliver users complimentary views and exclusive screenings. In the meantime, have a hunt around for free movies on YouTube and see what you can find - you might not have to pay anything for your next movie night.

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