Tip: Watch Free (Ad-Supported) Movies on YouTube

Posted on November 18, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Music + Videos, YouTube with 19 Comments

YouTube has created a formal collection of Hollywood movies—including some heavy-hitters like The Terminator and the Rocky series—for free viewing.

“We saw this opportunity based on user demand, beyond just offering paid movies,” YouTube’s Rohit Dhawan told AdAge. “Can we do ad-supported movies, free to the user? It also presents a nice opportunity for advertisers.”

Meaning that, yes, these movies are ad-supported, and you will occasionally be interrupted by short ads while viewing. But that’s still a great trade-off, assuming the ads aren’t too intrusive. And it puts YouTube in an interesting position to compete with a new crop of small, ad-supported video streaming services like Tubi.

Of course, YouTube is part of a media empire, so these free movies are interspersed with a wide variety of other content. Which, by the way, can include any paid movies or TV shows you might have acquired with Google Play Movies & TV. Or synced to that service via Movies Anywhere. (As I pointed out this past summer, this syncing lets you watch your Movies Anywhere library via YouTube.)

You can find the free movies on YouTube’s Free to watch list. There are about 100 right now, but I would imagine this could grow as more studios experiment with the offering.


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Comments (19)

19 responses to “Tip: Watch Free (Ad-Supported) Movies on YouTube”

  1. SimonFlynn

    Region specific? It just shows paid options at the moment here in Brazil.

  2. Bats

    Not surprising. TOTALLY not surprising!!!

    In the cord-cutting industry (U.S.), it's seems that there are a certain set of movies that streaming providers can easily get rights to for free streaming. I am looking at the image above and I see Rocky, Legally Blonde, and others that are also available via Roku Channel, Vudu, Crackle, and perhaps others. I guess Google is now part of that crowd along with the crowd that offer "Youtube Originals."

    BTW...I love cord-cutting! To be honest, I didn't need to do it, but I did it anyway because a) it's alot cheaper b) it's portable c) it's the tech thing to do. Cord cutting is not about value or how much channels one can watch for a certain fee every month, because for me, I can't watch 200-500 channels for $100-$150/month, which includes equipment rental, taxes, and other fees. Now I am paying just $35/month for Youtube TV for 40-50 channels, all of which contain the few must-have channels I need. Then you factor in the costs for Netflix ($7.00/month), Hulu $6/month, and Amazon Prime Video, in addition...Crackle, Vudu, Pluto TV, Tubi, etc....what more would I need? In the end, I am still saving lots of money. Not just that, but so are my parents who are in my family sharing plan. In other words, their TV content......is free! Youtube TV is great and (for me) very reliable. Combine that with Philo, and you have everything for $51-$56/month. ....which includes HGTV.

    Also, this is why I stick with Android over that dumb fruit of a phone. With the iPhone you can't take these channels outside the United States. Earlier this summer, I had to go to Singapore for business. My colleague had an iPhone and me, the Pixel 2 XL. Only with Android can you do "fix" your phone in order to stream my Youtube TV (NY) channels on the other side of the world. The iPhone people can't. Another reason why Android is far superior than iOS. Far...FAR superior! I feel sorry for those people. LOL...I mock them endlessly (joke).

    I say this, because (like I said above) Google apparently went out to get the rights for those movies. I guess that cord cutting is the future and want to get in on this. Good for them....good for us.

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  4. duklas

    Android users now need to get one android app called apollo tv and no need of any other free services and crap services like YouTube. Apollo TV got everything to watch movies.

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  7. jgraebner

    I didn't have time to watch anything all the way through to confirm it absolutely, but it looks like these are ad free if you have a YouTube Premium subscription. I tried starting a movie logged off and ads started popping up right away (there were also clear indicators in the timeline showing where the ads were). When I played the same title logged in to my account, the ads were gone.

  8. waethorn

    Nothing in Canada.

  9. wright_is

    The link to the list of YouTube movies is empty. The header and side bars are displaye,d but where the list would normally be is just white space. US only?

    If I do a search for Terminator 2, it costs 2,99€ or there are a dozen or so user uploads.

  10. bdollerup

    Likely US another US only service.

  11. bharris

    YoulTube's movie library is actually no worse than Netflix's. I love Netflix for the content that they create but if you're looking for well-known, top rated movies released in the past 10 years, YouTube is about on par with them....which is, there are not many,

  12. madthinus

    Selected markets only.

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