Last year Youtube started to expand their offerings of user uploaded video clips to include shows and movies. The offer back then was limited, especially movie wise. Today Youtube announced the availability of Youtube movies, a free movies category on the video hosting site that currently offers 400 free full-length movies.
Youtube Movies sports hundreds of films sorted in categories like Action & Adventure, Comedy, Bollywood or Horror.
Free movie offerings are often associated with mediocre content, and while Youtube Movies does have its share of that it sports a few that at least some watchers will enjoy.
Action fans find lots of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee movies for instance, which are watchable. As are some of the animations like Animal Farm or Alice in Wonderland. Still, the majority of movies can probably be put into the B-movies category at this point.
Not all movies on display on the frontpage are available from users from all countries. That's a bit unfortunate, as the dreaded "this video is not available in your country" message may appear after clicking on a movie on the movies overview page.
Even more surprising is the explicit nature of some movies. The movie Naked Run for instance contains strong language, graphic nudity and explicit sexual situations, and requires therefor a sign in before it can be viewed.
Most films offered in the movie section are free to watch. Some show up as rentals on the other hand, which suggests that the long term goal is a movie platform that combines free to watch movies with movie rentals.
Users who want to check out Youtube Movies can do so at the homepage of the service.
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