What happened now? YouTube is joining the crowded arena of ad-supported TV series streaming. The Google-owned giant now offers nearly 4,000 episodes of TV shows across the years, including Andromeda, Hell’s Kitchen, Scream Queens and Heartland, with up to 100 titles added every week, including movies.
Ad-supported streaming is becoming a popular option for those who are unwilling or unable to subscribe to the many paid options on the market. Tubi, Pluto TV, The Roku Channel, IMDb TV, Xumo, Plex, Samsung, Vizio, and NBCU’s Peacock are just some of the names offering free content for those who want to watch ads, and now YouTube has followed suit.
YouTube has long offered many ad-supported movies to watch for free, so moving to TV shows was a natural evolution. And while its movie catalog has a lot of nasty shit like Steven Seagal’s Sniper: SWAT, it’s short on gems, including the ’80s classic Over the Top, Teen Wolf and RoboCop, and Legally Blonde. and “Gone”. in 60 seconds.
For TV shows, they are available to US residents via the web, mobile devices, and “most connected TVs via the YouTube TV app.” Again, the quality of the shows on offer varies, though it’s nice to see the cult British classic The Prisoner and the great Father Ted among them.
While it won’t be free, Disney+ will add an ad-supported tier to its plans later this year, offering a more affordable option alongside standard access for $7.99 a month. This is something that Hulu also provides, but it looks like Netflix won’t be running ads on its service, at least not in the near future.