YouTube Now Offers Ad-Supported Streaming Movies For Free

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YouTube is making movies available for free in the US

It's not clear what sort of deal have been struck between YouTube, movie studios and advertisers, but it's clearly something that's good news for consumers. "Can we do ad-supported movies, free to the user?" With people getting more and more used to being able to watch films on-demand in an instant - be it legally or otherwise - it's wise of YouTube to embrace speed over immediate profit. YouTube now has some Hollywood movies available to watch for free with ads.

YouTube added that it will eventually add functionality for advertisers to sponsor individual movies and deliver users complimentary views and exclusive screenings. It also comes after Roku introduced its own free, ad-supported movie selection called The Roku Channel which is available on the web.

Google has been offering movies for sale through YouTube for years, but last month that changed when the video-sharing website quietly started offering select movies in ad-supported form. However, several movies are from the MGM library, which includes the Rocky movies, original Terminator, Legally Blonde, Pink Panther series, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

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YouTube has just rolled out dozens of free-to-watch full-length feature films on its platform.

The movie list doesn't have any major recent blockbusters but is dominated by films past their glory.

The new free streaming facility also "presents a nice opportunity for advertisers", Dhawan said.

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