Hundreds of free movies backed by ad breaks have appeared on YouTube. But it doesn’t look like Australians will be able to take advantage anytime soon.
Hundreds of feature films have quietly appeared on YouTube, including famous titles such as The revenge of a blonde, Terminator, and Rocky.
However, currently the movies are only available to users in the United States and YouTube will not say when such free content might be available to Australian viewers.
The popular video streaming site – made famous by its short user-generated clips – has reportedly made a deal with movie studio MGM to host a series of classics and new movie titles on its site. But there is currently no free movie content from other studios such as Paramount, Warner Bros. or 20th Century Fox.
While the films can be watched without paying a subscription, they are supported by commercial breaks as the Alphabet-owned company seeks to expand its content offering to better position itself to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
âWe saw this opportunity based on user demand, beyond just offering paid movies,â said Rohit Dhawan, director of product management at YouTube. Ad age. âIt also represents a great opportunity for advertisers. “
In 2016, YouTube launched YouTube Red in Australia, now known as YouTube Premium, which offers ad-free movies and TV shows that can be downloaded and watched offline for $ 14.99 per month. It also includes a growing library of original content often aimed at younger audiences, including shows from creators who have made a name for themselves on the platform.
Since 2012, YouTube has also allowed users to buy and rent movies and TV content, just like iTunes.
The company said it plans to regularly add new releases and major titles to its “free to watch” section which recently became available to US users.
A YouTube spokesperson told news.com.au that it has ambitions to expand the free movie offering to more users, but has no plans to share details for the. moment. So it looks like Australia won’t be taking advantage of such free movie content on the service anytime soon, if at all.
So for now if you’re desperate for a free The revenge of a blonde run again, you will need to dust off this VPN.