YouTube Joins the Movie Renters Club, Store Now Open - HotHardware
YouTube Joins the Movie Renters Club, Store Now Open

YouTube Joins the Movie Renters Club, Store Now Open

If a proprietor approaches you about funding his brick and mortar movie rental venture, turn around and run in the other direction just as fast as you can go. Accuse us of overreacting if you will. but we're calling it folks: the in-store movie rental business is dead. Deceased. Six feet under. Pushing up daisies. However you want to put it, the point is the time for streaming video is now, and while your local mom and pop video store has probably already withered away, we have to wonder how long Blockbuster and Hollywood video can maintain a brick and mortar presence.

Earlier this week, news broke that Hulu is flirting with a subscription based service called Hulu Plus, which will deliver more extensive content for a $9.95 monthly subscription. Perhaps more appealing is YouTube's quiet rollout today of its online video rental store.



That's right, you can now rent from a fairly wide variety of flicks on YouTube. Prices range from $0.99 to $3.99, which is handled through Google Check-out, and you have up to 48 hours to watch the rented title. This isn't a totally new venture for YouTube -- the streaming service experimented with select Sundance Film Festival movies earlier this year -- but it is the first time YouTube has jumped into the online rental business with both feet.

Check out the store here, which includes movies like "3:10 to Yuma," "Brothers," the "Saw" series, and a whole bunch more. Anyone plan on renting anything?
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Never pay per movie when you can get an unlimited service for a flat rate. Netflicks and the new Hulu service for example. Unles you watch almost no movies that is (less than 4 a month).

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I agree.

The money is in the subscriptions. Video renting should be a subscription-based model unless you're getting it from a brick and mortar store.

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So they should have a monthly subscription plan and a one time payment so people get to choose and if they watch only one movie a month they can pay for only one and then monthly members can watch a certain amount or unlimited :D.

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I think you guys are wrong, that image shows a video for $5.99, so their highest rental is not $3.99. Which is an absolute rip off for an online rental.

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I am sure they will probably lay it out just like the old system.

You will have to pay per movie if you wish to see it when it first comes out as a video. So you must pay full price for the first week or so, Then you can rent it for 5bills. Then after a few months it will be on your subscription service.

Of course they will lead you to believe that subscription includes new releases, only to begin with :) All the while, they are monitoring every aspect of your HD's. with some kind of spybot software.

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