YouTube To Start Major Motion Picture Rentals Next Week?

YouTube To Start Major Motion Picture Rentals Next Week?

Are you fed up with Netflix? Redbox just not working out? We highly doubt you'll be answering "yes" to those, but if so, help is on the way from a pretty wild source. Google's YouTube has just launched their first major movie rentals, making it an instant competitor in a small but powerful network of companies who are driving pay-TV executives up the wall. Facebook has already started to trial this kind of thing, and it makes sense for YouTube to try their hand as well. According to reports, Google's working to line up more deals with movie companies in order to launch a full-fledged rental program with titles from Sony, Warner Bros., and more.


YouTube already rents indie films for $2.99, but major motion pictures would obviously add a new level of excitement. Details on specifics remain under wraps as YouTube presumably hammers out the final details, but reports suggest that a full launch will be coming next week. So, will you be stopping by YouTube for movie rentals? Or does Redbox still have your heart?
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If both had the same selection, quality, and price I would Youtube because of convenience.  Internet-streaming is quickly becoming part of the mainstream.  I don't even pay for Cable TV just internet and I watch my favorite shows on Facebook streams.

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I'm with you, I haven't had cable since college when it was free. If youtube can get some hd rentals on the ps3 I would rent them for 2 dollars solely based on convenience. Not sure scary movie 4 would be on the top of my list though haha.

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i dont have cable either, and if i could stream 1080p from youtube, i would pay for it. I already watch a bunch of my internet shows on youtube as it is.

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Unfortunately, the big ISP providers have just stopped families from ever using the Internet as a primary media provider. The AT&T cap of 100GB for regular DSL will block my family from watching very much over the Internet. Most streaming HD movies are about 3.5GB to 4 GB of traffic. Times that by 5 people in my family times that by 30.5 days per month. 100GB doesn't last very long. i could do 100GB a week of just 3 TV showing 1 movie per day.

My guess Google is rushing this out so that people see what AT&T is taking away from us. Some of us are ahead of the curve and will really feel the bite. The rest could have been but now we have ISP *** running things.

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What I don't understand is why would google price their movies a dollar higher than redbox? Red box has to pay for the disc itself, the physical kiosk, the people to come out and change billboards of the up coming movies, and for cabling the kiosk in general. Google needs not any of this. Its all internet based. No kiosk, no disc, no cabling. Sorry, but red box has my businees until google lowers their price.

This is why its a big deal. The dollar itself is not exactly the issue. Its the percentage. Going from $1.00 to $2.00 is a 200% increase in price! Lets take something that we all need, say eletricity. Say there were two power company's you could go with. One company charges $100 per kilowatt hour, were the other company charges $200! Same product, same everything, but one is at a 200% increase than the other. This is the reason why I'm sticking with redbox.

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lifeasjosh:
This is the reason why I'm sticking with redbox.

And NetFlix is even cheaper than that.

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My guess is the reason why YouTube will be more expensive is they don't have the movie insider investors on board like Netflix and Redbox does.

Also, I bet this a prelude to them offering the shining light of cloud based video rendering to overcome the ISP bandwidth caps.

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Which brings up an interesting thought: Since cellphone provides let some internet interactions take place without charging the customer for internet usage, I wonder if google would be able to get those ISP's fo allow access to their content without charging the end user. For example, Sprints everything messaging plans include picturemail, but do not include internet. Picturemail is a service that requires access to the internet, however, Sprint will not charge their customers for using picturemail. One reason is because it is included into the package. So I wonder if ATT and some other ISP's would start offering Youtube packages?

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Google should just in general hand me some free internet and this will all work out :)

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Inspector:
Google should just in general hand me some free internet and this will all work out :)

Yes, they should just buy the Internet and give it to us for nothing. I agree.

 

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Well, this is one step towards making YouTube a place to go back to.

Internet Streaming has long been mainstream, it was about some time that movie rentals would invade the internet realm. If they had some of the newer stuff for a cheaper amount of money then I would ditch that overpriced PoS cable on demand stuff and head on over to YouTube.

After all, you can get full episodes (for a limited time) on Hulu and you can pay a low monthly payment for unlimited movies and TV shows on both Hulu and Netflix, if anything their efforts to stop this has fallen on really hard times. My opinion, they should adapt to the Hulu times and stop trying to control it using 1939 methods.

That goes to the internet ISP's capping the bandwidth as well.

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If the price was right and the quality was there, I'd definitely be willing to rent from YouTube. Redbox's $1 rentals are hard to beat, but there is something to be said for not having to run out to get and return the video to a Redbox kiosk. Yes, it sounds lazy, but aren't there times when all of us just want to veg and watch a movie without leaving the house?

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