Both myself and others have often appealed to YouTube to watch movies for free, such as black and white films that can be distributed free of charge or really bad, low-quality copies of 90’s classics but now it seems that we’ll be able to watch more recent films as well. YouTube quietly added no-cost but ad-supported films to their YouTube Movies list.
Don’t expect to see any movies from very recent years on the list though – at least not at the moment – but you can watch HD copies of classics like Terminator or Rocky, for example.
“We saw this opportunity based on user demand, beyond just offering paid movies. Can we do ad-supported movies, free to the user? It also presents a nice opportunity for advertisers.”
Of course, in order to benefit from it all, you’ll have to put up with various ads that will appear during the movies at regular intervals.
This comes at a time when YouTube has been put under scrutiny for showing hate speech and terrorism-related ads in user videos, a mishap which resulted in a number of advertisers pulling out from the platform.
The introduction of these ad-supported movies might be what YouTube needs in order to gain back the advertisers it lost.
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