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YouTube adds full-length movies to its website

YouTube adds full-length movies to its website

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 is reportedly letting viewers in the USA watch classic films like Rocky and The Terminator for free.

The site, home to billions of hours of cat videos as well as many semi-legal and illegal bootleg movies, has started allowing entire, well-known movies to be streamed for free, with ads peppered throughout.

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. These free, feature-length movies are offered in the Movies section of YouTube and have been there since October.




It just became easier to get free movies. Some of the more notable titles include Igor, numerous Rocky films, The Terminator, Saved, and Hackers. This is Youtube's first foray into free movie streaming with ad breaks.

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.

YouTube earns revenue from the movies through advertisements, instead of charging customers to view the movies.

It may not yet rival ad-supported streaming competitors like Hulu yet, but according to Dhawan, the company does plan to expand its selection of free feature films.

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