You can now watch ad-supported free Hollywood movies on YouTube

100 Movies on You Tube for free

"Can we do ad-supported movies, free to the user?"

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

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.

Films like Legally Blonde (1 and 2), the Rocky movies, The Terminator, and others are available through the new service. In typical YouTube fashion there was no real fanfare about the appearance of these films, they were just suddenly there. Maybe, in a moment of desperation, you turn to YouTube to see if a version has been uploaded there. Now the selection includes free movies that have commercial interruptions, similar to catching a movie on television.

Rohit Dhawan, director of product management at YouTube, told Ad Age that free, ad-supported movies presented a good opportunity for both users and advertisers, which makes sense given they'd want their ads on quality video. This is Youtube's first foray into free movie streaming with ad breaks.

Google is making roughly 100 movies available for free on YouTube.

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 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.

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