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YouTube quietly offers free movie streaming

YouTube quietly offers free movie streaming

YouTube has begun rolling out a selection of Hollywood films that are available to watch for free for all users. Currently, the assortment includes hits such as The Terminator, Rocky 1 through 5, the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi and both Legally Blonde 1 and 2.

If you take a look in the movies section of YouTube, you will - if you spend a little time looking around - find that the site is now promoting free feature-length movies.

YouTube reportedly plans to grow the Free to Watch section as time goes on.

As HotHardware reports, sitting through the free version of The Terminator available on YouTube requires also viewing ten commercial slots.

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This is a new move for YouTube as they used to only offer movies and TV shows for purchase or rental.

YouTube hasn't disclosed the deals it has made with studios and advertisers. "Last year, YouTube was under a microscope after major brands were alerted to their ads running inside offensive videos, some with terrorist propaganda and hate speech", Ad Age observes. Walmart's streaming service Vudu, as well as Tubi, offer their own selection of free films.

"We saw this opportunity based on user demand, beyond just offering paid movies", Rohit Dhawan, director of product management at YouTube told Ad Age. It's safe to assume that will be the norm, but there's also an opportunity for advertisers to sponsor specific videos and grab all the slots for itself.

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