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What’s better than free, ad-supported movies? Free movies without ads, of course, but YouTube has begun offering what is arguably the next best thing: ad-supported TV shows. The world’s biggest video-sharing platform already enables free streaming of over 1,500 movies that include classics like RoboCop and Dances with Wolves, but the company is doubling down on the generosity by making thousands of TV show episodes available to stream for free. They include full seasons of Hell’s Kitchen, Andromeda, Heartland, and more. YouTube has also introduced some changes to the UI for improved navigation and aesthetics.

Stream full seasons of TV for free on YouTube (YouTube)

[…] US viewers for the first time will be able to watch full seasons of TV shows on YouTube for free with ads. Now you can stream nearly 4,000 episodes of your favorite TV shows, including Hell’s Kitchen, Andromeda, Heartland and more.

YouTube also has over 1,500 movies from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, FilmRise, and more. New titles in March include Gone in Sixty Seconds, Runaway Bride and Legally Blonde, which are now available to stream for free with ads.

To enhance the viewing experience, we’re unveiling brand new streamlined navigation and immersive banner art. The rich visuals and new menus will help you more easily find your favorite TV shows from the comfort of the couch, whether you choose to rent, purchase, or watch for free with ads. Many of these titles are also now available in high definition 1080p with 5.1 surround sound audio on supported devices.

U.S. users can access these movies and shows and up to 100 new titles each week on web browsers, mobile devices, and most connected TVs via the YouTube on TV app.

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5 comments

  1. This is something I could possibly get behind. I'm not sure why this hasn't happened sooner. You can already watch "free" TV OTA using an antenna with commercials. So why has it taken this long for something similar to arrive over the internet via streaming?
  2. I remember when Hulu first came around, and it had commercials. I didn't mind it so much in those very early days. I watched a bunch of movies and some shows, especially at work. That's how I first saw Firefly. I haven't used Hulu since those early days, but I think I remember hearing that even those who paid for Hulu+ or whatever it was called still had to f*ckin' deal with commercials. I thought they were paying to avoid that sh1t?

    This is something I could possibly get behind. I'm not sure why this hasn't happened sooner. You can already watch "free" TV OTA using an antenna with commercials. So why has it taken this long for something similar to arrive over the internet via streaming?
    Very good point.
  3. Can't wait to watch syndicated crap with commercials again! Ah, to relive my formative teenage years. All the MASH and Golden Girls and Mama's Family I can stand!
  4. I remember when Hulu first came around, and it had commercials. I didn't mind it so much in those very early days. I watched a bunch of movies and some shows, especially at work. That's how I first saw Firefly. I haven't used Hulu since those early days, but I think I remember hearing that even those who paid for Hulu+ or whatever it was called still had to f*ckin' deal with commercials. I thought they were paying to avoid that sh1t?
    Yeah, this was exactly why I've never touched Hulu. Subscription just got you a bigger backlog available and earlier access to new shows -- think you got to watch them 1 hour after release versus 1 day, and you could go back the entire season vs just most recent 3 episodes, but commercials were still there. Commercials are the biggest reason I pay to get rid of them. I just got fed up with SiriusXM and dropped them because they became too commercial heavy (talk channels), same thing with DISH - I'm not paying ~and~ dealing with ads. One or the other, but both is ridiculous and abusive.

    I hear there are options at Hulu without commercials now, but there's only maybe 1 or 2 shows over there I'd care to watch, and that isn't worth picking up another subscription to me.

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