You may have noticed it appearing throughout the month, but Amazon has now officially released its new-ish Fire TV Channels app on Fire TV devices. Over the past few years, Amazon has been adding free ad-supported content throughout the Fire TV home interface in the form of short clips and full-length videos across numerous categories like news, sports, entertainment, gaming, cooking, travel, and more. Earlier this year, Amazon branded all this built-in free content as “Fire TV Channels” with the promise that it would soon add “a single, easy-to-navigate” method to access this content. That method has now arrived in the form of the new Fire TV Channels app, which isn’t actually as new as it may seem. Read more ›
YouTube is joining the likes of IMDB TV, Tubi, Plex, Pluto TV, and many other streaming services with the addition of free ad-supported TV shows. YouTube has been offering movies that are “Free with Ads” for some time, but now the platform has added 4,000 TV show episodes to its free ad-supported content library. While most, if not all, of the shows are already available on other ad-supported services, it might be worth your time to take a look at them on YouTube because YouTube seems to have shorter ad interruptions than most services. YouTube is also expanding its free ad-supported movie catalog, with additions like Legally Blonde and Gone in Sixty Seconds, to now include 1,500 movies. YouTube says it will be adding 100 new pieces of free content each week. To watch YouTube’s free ad-supported movies and TV shows, just load up the regular YouTube app (not the YouTube TV app) and look for the “Movies and shows” section in the main menu on the left.
Amazon often lets customers watch the first episode of a TV series for free with ads but, for the first time, they’re doing it for the entire season of a TV show. Every episode from season three of The Fashion Fund will be available to stream for free if you’re willing to sit through ads. Amazon will be releasing new episodes of the show every Thursday. This is the first show available with ads but begs the question if others will follow. Amazon says this is an experiment and is a good way to fund this particular show because it has strong interest from advertisers. The Fire TV’s latest 5.0.5 software update introduced a new section for “Free with Ads” content in the Your Videos section, so it’s possible we’ll be seeing more shows made available this way to fill that space.
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