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YouTube heads for movie rental business
Thursday 21 January 2010 13:01:27 by John Hunt

YouTube, the Google owned video-sharing website, is to start offering movies to rent from tomorrow. Initially, only five films will be available, and these are only to users in the US. The content is from the 2009 and 2010 Sundance Film Festival and 4 out of the 5 films will cost $3.99, around £2.50 (trailers are available for the five films here.). Following this initial launch, YouTube are expected to get some bigger Hollywood names on board who will be keen to offer their movies to a wider audience.

YouTube do have a major competitor in the form of Hulu which is a joint venture between NBC Universal, Fox and ABC and currently offers TV and films from the major US studios. Currently, Hulu only offers content in the US, but was expected to make a launch in the in September 2009. This was delayed as they couldn't get a major UK TV broadcaster on board in time. With 4oD and Five on demand now available from YouTube in the UK, Hulu will definitely have to compete hard in the UK, and bringing TV and movie content from its parents companies may help it do so.

Of course, the longer users in the UK have to wait for viable services to be available, the more they will turn to alternate methods to receive the content they want, such as P2P and file sharing websites. Some services are starting to appear, if you have the right equipment to get them. Sony launched the European PS3 video store in November 2009 which offers over 2000 films for rent or purchase with prices from €1.99 (around £1.75).

Comments

Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
LOL £2.50 for FLV low bitrate rubbish, i dont think so (Unless this new service is going to have content encoded differently to normal youtube stuff).

Its bad enough they pretend you can watch youtube content in 720p now... Yeah the res may be 720p, too bad the encoding is low bitrate poop.

PS3 content also mentioned isnt too bad, (atleast the HD to own stuff). Makes youtube content look very shabby.
Posted by pigfister over 7 years ago
its worth noting that you do not purchase films from the PS3 PSN store you only purchase a licence to play them on your current machine, if you ever replace your PS3 you are only allowed 1 extra download before you are forced by sony to purchase your content all over again.

the moral of the story is avoid any download content that is laden with DRM or when you are being sold a licence as this content is worthless, always purchase a disc that you own forever!

& if you think sony wouldn't stab you in the back & steal your money just google "sony connect drm"
Posted by pigfister over 7 years ago
with my comment above regarding restrictive "bend over and lub up" licensing that is being put in place to destroy the second hand market, do publishers really wonder why ppl are pirating material when the pirates get to keep their content forever, & we the ppl paying, get screwed by the corporations?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
quote"its worth noting that you do not purchase films from the PS3 PSN store you only purchase a licence to play them on your current machine, if you ever replace your PS3 you are only allowed 1 extra download before you are forced by sony to purchase your content all over again."

Incorrect, films which are marked as RENT are tied to the PS3 system, many that are TO BUY are not and can be backed up to USB stick or PSP.

Also all PSN downloads be them games or movies can be re-downloaded upto 5 times from your account.
Posted by nstrudwick over 7 years ago
Quote "Of course, the longer users in the UK have to wait for viable services to be available"

Erm, no-one heard of the Itunes store?
Posted by chrysalis over 7 years ago
same old mistakes been made, regional limitations of market.
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