Paramount Pictures puts hundreds of full movies on YouTube for free


As the music business continues to question the value coming back to rights-holders from YouTube, the movie industry just made a historic pact with the Google-owned giant.

Paramount Pictures has launched a new channel on YouTube that allows users to watch hundreds of licensed movies, in full, for free.

As you might expect, there aren’t too many classics within the trove. Yet amongst the dross you’ll find some well-known names like King Solomon’s Mines, Elvis’s King Creole and Masters Of The Universe (pictured).

Why has Paramount – a subsidiary of MTV owner Viacom – taken this step?

No doubt to capture some advertising revenue from an assortment of films which would otherwise go unwatched.

The exact sort of films which previously found a new lease of life by filling up the catalogue of third-party platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

“Viewers are invited to explore the vast landscape of cinema’s history, share their favourite films and discover new ones.”


Now Paramount has taken the step of offering them on its own channel, and splitting the ad revenue with YouTube.

This is also very likely to be a precursor to whatever Paramount has up its sleeve when YouTube launches a subscription tier for partners, due later this year.

And as an added bonus, it’s potentially something of a legal alternative to those who would usually watch movies on the likes of Popcorn Time.

Within the Paramount Vault, you’ll also find clips from much-loved movie classics such as Airplane, Clueless and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, giving fans tasters of films they might then want to rent or buy online.

Paramount’s official statement on the Vault’s About Us page reads:

“The Paramount Vault showcases a collection of Paramount full-length films and clips including selections that range from black-and-white to color, comedy to horror, and everything in between.

“Viewers are invited to explore the vast landscape of cinema’s history, share their favorite films, and discover new ones through this official channel created by Paramount Pictures.”

Check out the Vault through here and watch the ‘sizzle’ video below.

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  • Intolerantes Cba

    they delete all the movies

    • Wheeljack

      not all of them

  • HashMaster9000

    So basically, they put the entire Cannon Films catalog on YouTube for free?

    • Aaron Nicewonger

      Which is AWESOME quite frankly.
      Cannon put out three types of movies over the years:
      1) good movies
      2) so bad they’re good
      3) and movies so bad it’s fun to make fun of them with friends

  • Ilpalazzo

    I think there’s like maybe 2 movies I’ll watch from their vault? One I know is bad, and the other is bad, but enjoyable.

    • Wascily Wabbit

      Chumscrubber is actually pretty good. A good indie flick that either didn’t get enough publicity came out at the wrong part of the year…or both.

    • whereismymind86

      admittiedly most of what I like in there is just old mst3k movies like the space children and the deadly bees, but there are some actual decent movies in there too, Colossus of New York is awesome for instance.

  • Full movies don’t work in the UK. So yea, thanks for nothing Paramount.

  • Julian

    Hundreds? I only see about 60 – make AMERICA GREAT AGAIN with a little less bait-click titles please? but hey, it’s free.

    • KingRichard22

      LOL Julian Trump..?

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  • DBloke

    *Not to those n the UK, thank you and fuck you

  • nevergiveup

    What a crap article –

  • cy12

    I think this is a step in the right direction, but not good enough. Youtube is a multi-billion dollar company literally hoarding billions of dollars they have made from content which they have never paid for properly. This has to stop. Youtube needs to start paying properyl for content which is bringing it traffic and it needs to start contributing back to the economy and the creative industries in a meaningful way. Same with music: there are popular videos getting hundreds of millions of views. Great for Youtube, but not generating any proper income for the industry nor for any of the people working in it.

  • pjl32

    How great. Movies I didn’t care about for free!!