YouTube getting into movie rental business

January 20, 2010
YouTube logo

(AP) -- Movie rentals are coming to the Internet's most popular video site.

YouTube is making its debut as a rental outlet Friday to help promote some of the movies that will be shown at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

It's part of a test that hopes will encourage more movie studios to rent movies through its site.

The expansion announced Wednesday thrusts Inc.-owned YouTube into competition with more established vendors such as Inc.'s iTunes store, Amazon.com Inc., Netflix Inc. and Blockbuster Inc.

The first batch of YouTube's rentals will cost $3.99 for a 48-hour viewing period. Movie studios will be able to set their own prices, with rental viewing windows ranging from one to 90 days. YouTube will get an unspecified commission from each rental.

Explore further: iTunes Store Tops Over Five Billion Songs Sold

0 shares

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 ...

YouTube showing Besson documentary 'Home'

June 6, 2009

YouTube on Friday announced it is showing "Home," an environmental documentary about Earth produced by French filmmaker Luc Besson, at the same time as it is being released in theaters.

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 ...

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.

YouTube views over one billion a day: co-founder

October 9, 2009

The number of video views a day on YouTube has surpassed one billion, the co-founder of the wildly popular video-sharing site said Friday on the third anniversary of its acquisition by Google.

Netflix to delay delivery of Warner's latest DVDs

January 6, 2010

(AP) -- Netflix Inc. will delay sending out Warner Bros.' latest movies by nearly a month in a concession that the DVD-by-mail service made so it could gain rights to show its subscribers more movies over the Internet.

Recommended for you

Magnetic fields provide a new way to communicate wirelessly

September 1, 2015

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body. The new technology could offer a lower power ...

0 comments

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.