YouTube now offers ad-supported feature films for free

YouTube now offers ad-supported feature films for free
YouTube has added a number of feature films to its inventory that can be streamed for free. But before you tap on the iconic red and white icon, you might have to brace yourself for the experience of having ads interrupt the flow of a movie, especially if you are used to paying for commercial free streaming. According to AdAge, Google quietly added the new feature over the last month. 

Right now, there are about 100 films that YouTube users can choose from, ranging from classics like "Rocky" and "The Terminator" to throw-away titles like "Agent Cody Banks" and "The Zookeeper." YouTube's director of product management, Rohit Dhawan, says that more titles will be added.

With YouTube now offering ad-supported streaming movies, the app has new competition, especially on connected TVs. Tubi, is one, along with Walmart's Vudu. Ad-supported video-on-demand makes sense for larger screened devices like smart TVs where multiple viewers can sit down to watch. According to Tubi's CEO Farhad Massoudi, "Ad-supported video is a huge market. There's a lot of consumer traction and I expect all the major companies will jump in at some point."


Those interested in ad-supported video on demand usually are disappointed in the quality and selection of the titles available. As long as streamers like Netflix and even Google are able to get subscribers to pay for more recent content, it isn't realistic to expect YouTube and others to offer more relevant fare for free.

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10 Comments

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 670; Member since: May 02, 2016

Me and my broke squad really appreciate it..

2. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Works for me. I don't even have network TV, let alone cable. Netflix and YouTube are my entertainment.

3. DrunkySloth

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 17, 2018

This is awesome. Google adding a feature that actually makes YouTube better, it’s an early Christmas miracle.

4. libra89

Posts: 2317; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah I don't mind this at all. It makes it very accessible.

5. Rager722 unregistered

This is an amazing edition! Keep killing off cable TV, haven't watched cable in years.

6. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

YouTube is targeting Roku with this move since the latter is also moving onto ad supported movies as well.

7. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Once the movie selection supports more up to date movies I'll be more supportive of this. Until then Showbox will be my destination for my free movie viewing needs.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

This sounds great, though I'm curious, I don't currently view adds on my YouTube due to browser plugins... would this result in the same experience with these ad-supported movies?

9. havana321

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Nice :D

10. havana321

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Yeah I don't mind this at all. It makes it very accessible.

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