launches with studio deals

December 3, 2009

(AP) --, an online movie clip-sharing service, launched in beta test mode on Wednesday touting the cooperation of six major Hollywood studios amid an industrywide slowdown in DVD sales.

The founders and private backers aim to make movie clips searchable and sharable and earn referral fees for viewers who go on to buy or rent movies via links that lead to or Apple Inc.'s iTunes.

After exiting the beta period, the company also hopes to put advertisements over the bottom third of the clips and share ad revenue with the studios.

"It's a great way to introduce an older movie to younger audience," said Zach James, the company's 27-year-old co-founder and chief executive.

The Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup is launching with 12,000 clips from more than 1,000 movies from 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros.

The notable studio exceptions are Disney and Lionsgate.

James declined to identify the investors.

The launch comes about a year and a half after .'s Paramount Pictures launched its own clip-sharing service called "VooZoo" on . That service has since ceased functioning.

Clips from some newer movies, such as "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs," are on the site along with classics like "Raging Bull." Users can share clips over Facebook, and among a few other services, but clips cannot be shortened like on Hulu.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: iTunes Store Tops Over Five Billion Songs Sold

Related Stories

iTunes Store Tops Over Five Billion Songs Sold

June 23, 2008

Apple announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded over five billion songs from the iTunes Store. iTunes is the number one music retailer in the US and features the largest music catalog with over eight million ...

Amazon launches HD movie rental, TV show sales

April 22, 2009

(AP) -- Online retailer Inc. said Tuesday it is adding high-definition video to its on-demand service, offering consumers the ability to rent movies and purchase television episodes shown in HD.

Blockbuster to offer movies on Motorola phones

August 18, 2009

(AP) -- Blockbuster Inc. plans to offer movies that can be watched on Motorola Inc. cell phones. It marks the struggling rental company's first step into mobile video and is its latest effort at chasing down the customers ...

Review: Yoostar is a movie-studio-in-a-box

August 28, 2009

(AP) -- If you've ever wanted to battle "The Terminator," talk smack as "The Godfather" or get in the shower with a "Psycho," now you can - without having to move to Hollywood.

YouTube to offer online movie rentals

September 2, 2009

YouTube is considering streaming movies for rental, a move that would see the free video-sharing site charging for content for the first time, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Recommended for you

Internet giants race to faster mobile news apps

October 4, 2015

US tech giants are turning to the news in their competition for mobile users, developing new, faster ways to deliver content, but the benefits for struggling media outlets remain unclear.

Radio frequency 'harvesting' tech unveiled in UK

September 30, 2015

An energy harvesting technology that its developers say will be able to turn ambient radio frequency waves into usable electricity to charge low power devices was unveiled in London on Wednesday.

Professors say US has fallen behind on offshore wind power

September 29, 2015

University of Delaware faculty from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), the College of Engineering and the Alfred Lerner School of Business and Economics say that the U.S. has fallen behind in offshore wind ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.