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Paramount to rent Movies via YouTube and Google Play

Written on:April 4, 2012
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Google’s YouTube has announced that Hundreds of Movies from Paramount Pictures will be included into YouTube and Google Play soon.

The agreement between YouTube and Paramount pictures will bring nearly 500 new movie titles to YouTube and Google Play over the next few weeks to people in the U.S. and Canada.

Rentals will be priced at $3.99 for new releases; most older movies are $2.99. Almost all titles will be available for 24 hours once you begin watching.

Now YouTube is having movies from 5 of the 6 major studios (Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers) and over ten indie studios: Lionsgate Films, Magnolia, Starz, Weinstein, etc.

Note that Paramount’s parent company Viacom sued Google and YouTube in 2007 alleging that they encouraged users to pirate Viacom’s TV shows and films.

YouTube, the world’s most popular online video website, streams 4 billion videos every day and its users upload more than 60 hours of video to the site every minute. Although much of the content on YouTube consists of home videos that are free to watch, YouTube has increasingly added professionally-produced content, some of it available to rent for a fee.

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