Looks like YouTube has made it official, they have unleashed their online Movie rental service to compete against Netflix. Available movies will start appearing here later today: www.youtube.com/movies So what do you think? I mean, YouTube is the 3rd biggest website on the internet, so why not capitalize on it by offering more videos that were only found on Netflix or other online movie services, it makes perfect sense. check out their announcement below:
“Today, we’re announcing another step in our goal to bring more of the video you love to YouTube: the addition of thousands of full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios available to rent in the US at youtube.com/movies. In addition to the hundreds of free movies available on the site since 2009, you will be able to find and rent some of your favorite films. From memorable hits and cult classics like Caddyshack, Goodfellas, Scarface, and Taxi Driver to blockbuster new releases like Inception, The King’s Speech, Little Fockers, The Green Hornet and Despicable Me. Movies are available to rent at industry standard pricing, and can be watched with your YouTube account on any computer. The new titles will begin appearing later today and over the coming weeks to www.youtube.com/movies, so keep checking back.”
Currently, all movies available appear to be free of charge, but they will eventually start adding new releases and classics. NBC Universal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. are the new studios YouTube is partnering with to add the 3,000 new and catalog releases, doubling the amount previously available. The pricing is $2.99/$3.99 for movies viewable via PC or Google TV (no other devices support mentioned) and the FAQ notes that YouTube supports resolutions up to 4K but “most” of the new additions are sadly in SD, which is up to its partners.