YouTube MoviesThis entry was posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2011 and is filed under Latest News.
YouTube has recently launched its very own film rental service here in the UK.
Movie buffs can now watch a whole host of new releases, timeless classics and hopeless turkeys from as little as £2.49 each.
The service is set to boast thousands of titles, with YouTube signing deals with some of Hollywood’s leading production houses, including Warner Bros, Universal and Lionsgate, to name but a few.
Just some of the films on offer include The Dark Knight, Reservoir Dogs, The Breakfast Club and – the current number one at the time of writing – ‘Fast Five’ (nope, me neither). To see the full raft for yourself have a peek here.
There is also a rather nice set of free titles, such as Guy Ritchie’s ‘Revolver’ and the magnificent Wild Things.
Viewers are afforded a 30-day window to watch their chosen film once purchased, with 48 hours to watch the whole thing once viewing has begun.
Web Video Streaming Wars
This is the first rental service offered by YouTube outside of North America, as the behemoth looks to dip its toe in our murky waters. The world of web video streaming is becoming quite a competitive marketplace here, following Amazon’s buy-out of Love Film earlier in the year.
We must ponder now whether the Google-owned video giant is looking to shift its direction away from the user-generated content it is well-renowned for, to more professional material that is, ultimately, paid-for. YouTube could never put up a pay-wall based on its scratchy amateur submissions, but now they have content worth paying for.