YouTube now offers free, ad-supported streaming Hollywood movies

YouTube has quietly been adding free-to-watch movies to its database

YouTube has quietly been adding free-to-watch movies to its database

Ad-supported video-on-demand, a growing market, could potentially mean advertisers could sponsor individual films, which could then be provided to the audience for free, Dhawan told AdAge.

The "Free to watch" category includes mostly older films, but there are some cult classic and critically acclaimed titles like "Rocky, ' 'Legally Blonde, ' 'The Terminator" and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'.

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.

Now YouTube is offering you an alternative to watching a garbage copy of the movie that only takes up half of the screen because it was uploaded illegally.

Right now, there are 99 movies available to stream in the "free to watch" section of YouTube's Movies & Shows section.

YouTube earns revenue from the movies through advertisements, instead of charging customers to view the movies. And if you are concerned that free might mean that poor quality, you should be reassured to see titles such as The Terminator and Agent Cody Banks in the library of free-to-watch, ad-supported movies. "It also presents a nice opportunity for advertisers", Rohit Dhawan, director of product management at YouTube, told Ad Age.

What's happening: YouTube recently made a deal with movie studio MGM to offer 100 different MGM films that will be free to all users, USA Today reports.

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