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.
I envision a future when traditional OTA Networks stream their live channels for free via a subsidized .gov website thereby eliminating the need for antennas that can be unreliable in bad weather as well as rural areas.
Something tells me Comcast wouldn’t be too keen on that idea especially when coupled with the ever-growing catalog of free programs from the likes of YouTube, IMDB, Pluto etc.
Oh Well, one can dream….
That’s a good dream but given the fact that the cable lobbyists are FAR more powerful than the average Senator, it’s probably a long shot.
I love all this free content, I just wish there was a way to find all of it in one place and play it natively, rather than the need to load a new app each time. While all the apps fill my devices.
Roku Channel on my tablet web browser shows no commercials. There is a pause where a commercial would be and a second later the show starts back up. I’ve watched Bull and the old show Charmed with this effect. Nice.
Tubi has the BEST commercial breaks, they warn you ahead of time and then there is a countdown. Some of the others are horrible, like Hulu