YouTube has revealed that they have added 4,000 library TV episodes of different series, as well as 1,500 films. All this is free for fans to enjoy, with ads. The move will give the video streamer more giant a profile in the competitive world of TV and movie streaming. Advertising has long been the lifeblood of YouTube and Google, Alphabet, and in last year’s fourth quarter, YouTube reported a 25% year-over-year increase in ad revenue, to $8.6 billion.
Deadline reports that some of the series included in the new set of offerings include Hell’s Kitchen, Andromeda, and Heartland. Movies drawn from the libraries of studios like Disney, Warner Bros., and Paramount include Legally Blonde, Runaway Bride, and Gone in Sixty Seconds. The movie and TV titles are not exclusive, but they are available free and many are available in 1080p and 5.1 surround sound audio. Given YouTube’s overall reach, the aim is to rally the new offerings as another way to attract viewers. The plan is to change the catalog monthly with 100 new titles.