YouTube adds full-length movies to its website

However, Google's YouTube has quietly added several films to watch for free, including the first five Rocky movies, The Terminator and Legally Blonde.

Forward-looking: In response to demand from users and advertisers alike, YouTube has now added a library of over a hundred free movies and plans to increase that number as much as possible, as soon as possible.

The company is reportedly open to having sponsorships or exclusive screenings to show movies through its platform.

This might also help YouTube get around the fact that half of these movies have already been uploaded to YouTube for free anyway.

Previously, the Movies & Shows page only listed films and TV programs that you could purchase to watch.

With little fanfare, YouTube started streaming popular ad-supported movies for free. Rohit Dhawan, YouTube's director of product management, told AdAge.

The library appears to available only in the U.S. for now, and is different from the YouTube original content films that the streaming website includes with a YouTube Premium subscription, previously named YouTube Red.

YouTube has been experimenting with various models for the platform, such as its commercial-free subscription service YouTube Premium.

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. It also comes after Roku introduced its own free, ad-supported movie selection called The Roku Channel which is available on the web.

  • Jacqueline Ellis