Now it looks as though YouTube is also adding whole movies free of charge to its portal, with a few adverts embedded along the way to help fund the service.
Maybe you're familiar with this scenario: you really want to see a certain movie, but it's not streaming anywhere online. The world's largest streaming video platform is now offering legitimate versions of almost 100 films to audiences for free - movies like The Terminator, Legally Blonde, the first five Rocky films, and Hackers. Now the selection includes free movies that have commercial interruptions, similar to catching a movie on television.
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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. "It also presents a nice opportunity for advertisers".
YouTube earns revenue from the movies through advertisements, instead of charging customers to view the movies. TUBI TV, which was named the "largest free ad-supported streaming network" by Forbes in January, has had 20 million installs since its founding in 2014. Last month, movies like Legally Blonde and pics from the Rocky franchise (Rocky I-V to be specific) popped up on the streaming service.