YouTube Now Offers Ad-Supported Streaming Movies For Free

'We saw this opportunity based on user demand, beyond just offering paid movies, ' Rohit Dhawan, YouTube's director of product management, told Ad Age.

It may not yet rival ad-supported streaming competitors like Hulu yet, but according to Dhawan, the company does plan to expand its selection of free feature films.

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

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.

The move makes plenty of sense for studios looking to eke a few more pennies out of their older back catalogs, and for YouTube wanting more appealing content for its platform.

YouTube Now Streams Ad-Supported Movies Including ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Rocky’
YouTube Is Now Showing Free Hollywood Movies

YouTube added that it will eventually add functionality for advertisers to sponsor individual movies and deliver users complimentary views and exclusive screenings.

Over in the Movies & Shows section, YouTube has been allowing customers to buy TV shows and films for some time.

Maybe you're familiar with this scenario: you really want to see a certain movie, but it's not streaming anywhere online.

Besides these, other films available include Zookeeper, the two Agent Cody Banks movies, Juri Dreams of Sushi, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Out of Time. One is this: You can now watch Rocky on YouTube with little to no hassle.