Everyone likes free content but for companies to make money they need revenue from somewhere, which usually tends to revolve around advertising. Today, Bigscreen is rolling out a new update so that users have the option to watch ad-supported, free-to-watch movies.
Bigscreen has been providing paid movie rentals for a little over a year now, partnering with studios like Paramount Pictures and Funimation. If you don’t mind the odd ad then you can now enjoy Arrival, Seabiscuit, Clueless, Nacho Libre, Adventureland, Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity 4, It Follows, and more for free.
All the free movies are hosted on Pluto.TV featuring ads from PlutoTV. The service is only available in the US at the moment, with Bigscreen confirming more films will be added each month. The other difference between these free movies and the rental ones is that Bigscreen’s paid service includes 3D movies.
The app has been ramping up its content output of late by expanding its Bigscreen TV feature last week with more than 172 free TV channels available. In a statement the company also mentioned: “We plan to integrate more streaming services in the future, we’re actively working on built-in YouTube support next.”
Currently, features like the TV channels are hosted in public rooms but Bigscreen is developing a Friends System so that users can host their own, private rooms. Other tech in the pipeline will enable large groups of people to stream ultra-low latency video in VR. PlayStation VR support is still ongoing.
You can download Bigscreen free of charge for Oculus Quest and Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.