YouTube and MGM Debut Over 100 Movies Streaming for Free

Oscar Cross
November 20, 2018

YouTube obviously also saw the potential for advertisers to jump on this and place their ads in front of a captive audience.

YouTube is reportedly letting viewers in the United States watch classic films like Rocky and The Terminator for free. "Can we do ad-supported movies, free to the user?" says according to director of product management at YouTube, Rohit Dhawan.

The library appears to available only in the United States for now, and is different from the YouTube original content films that the streaming website includes with a YouTube Premium subscription, previously named YouTube Red.

YouTube reportedly plans to grow the Free to Watch section as time goes on.

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.

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

Dhawan said there may eventually be a way for advertisers to pay to sponsor individual movies, giving users complimentary views and exclusive screenings.

Looking for a free movie?

There are now 100 movies available, according to AdAge, including Rocky, Legally Blonde, Agent Cody Banks, and Zookeeper.

YouTube has about 1.9 billion users per month and according to recent stats released by the site, with nearly 20 per cent users accessing the online streaming platform via smart TVs. Walmart's streaming service Vudu, as well as Tubi, offer their own selection of free films.


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