YouTube is adding thousands of films and series for subscribers to watch for free. Image via Pexels

No TV? No problem: YouTube adds 4 000 shows to stream for FREE

YouTube is making life easier for cord-cutters after adding almost 4000 ad-supported films and series to watch for free.


YouTube is adding thousands of films and series for subscribers to watch for free. Image via Pexels

Streaming platforms are the new craze as more and more people purchase smart TVs and use their mobile devices and web browsers to watch their favourite shows.

As a result, competition among streaming platforms is increasing and has grown even more with YouTube’s latest move to give viewers a plethora of shows to choose from for free.


Although Google launched YouTube Premium in South Africa in 2019 with a primary focus on YouTube Music Premium in, premium TV content on YouTube Premium is not yet accessible for South Africans.

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According to Variety, YouTube rolled out its new shows in the United States (US) on Wednesday 23 March.

The line-up includes Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, Andromeda, Heartland, Scream Queens, Unsolved Mysteries, Sanctuary, Hidden Palms, 21 Jump Street, Iron Chef, Brewster Place and Are We There Yet?

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 SecondsRunaway Bride and Legally Blonde, which are now available to stream for free with ads.

– YouTube announced

In addition, it says it is adding up to 100 new titles per week to stream for free.

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The Google-owned video platform is already number one in the world when it comes to providing video content shared by content creators.

However, findings by Nielsen show that more than 135 million people in the United States watched YouTube videos using televisions connected to the internet in December of last year, hence the idea to provide more content for their viewing pleasure.

“YouTube is at the forefront of the consumer shift to (connected TV) viewership as the top ad-supported streaming platform with the content people enjoy and the creators they love,” the video-sharing platform said.

With this development, the platform faces a number of competitors, including Netflix and ad-supported offerings from Peacock, Roku, Tubi and other rivals.

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YouTube is also introducing new streamlined navigation and banner art to help users switch between watching rented or purchased content and free shows and movies with ads. 

A number of the titles are also now available in 1080p HD with 5.1 surround sound audio on supported devices.

“The rich visuals and new menus will help you more easily find your favourite TV shows from the comfort of the couch, whether you choose to rent, purchase, or watch for free with ads,” YouTube explained.