YouTube just quietly released 100 movies for free

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YouTube Now Streams Ad-Supported Movies Including ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Rocky’

"We saw this opportunity based on user demand, beyond just offering paid movies", Youtube's Rohit Dhawan told AdAge. The ads that YouTube shows in the film come from its normal advertising mix.

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.

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