Paramount to add 500 films to YouTube rentals

Apr 04, 2012 By JAKE COYLE , AP Entertainment Writer

(AP) -- YouTube and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal to make nearly 500 films available to rent online, even while their parent companies continue to feud over a $1 billion lawsuit.

The agreement announced Wednesday makes Paramount the fifth major Hollywood studio to join YouTube's online video store, a growing rental library that typically charges $2 to $4 per viewing. is now the only major studio holdout.

But Paramount seemed less likely to join given that its parent company, ., is still pursuing a 2006 lawsuit that seeks damages for alleged piracy by YouTube, which is owned by . A federal judge in New York ruled in 2010 that YouTube hadn't broken U.S. laws governing , but Viacom is appealing the decision.

The Paramount films will be available on YouTube Rentals and Google Play. Online movies and pay-per-view options have spurred heated competition between Google, Apple Inc.'s iTunes store, Amazon.com Inc.'s website and the subscription video service from .

"Paramount Pictures is one of the biggest movies studios on the planet," said Malik Ducard, director of content partnerships at YouTube. "We're thrilled to bring nearly 500 of their films to movie fans in the U.S. and Canada on YouTube and Google Play."

The deal brings YouTube's collection to nearly 9,000 titles. For most movies, renters have up to 30 days to begin watching a video but must complete the viewing within 24 hours after starting.

Some Paramount films have already been added, while others will be made available in the next few months. Among the films are Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," Michael Bay's "Transformers" and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" trilogy.

NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., the . and many independent studios have made deals to rent their latest releases through YouTube.

Explore further: Researchers aim to safeguard privacy on social networks

0 shares

Related Stories

Disney comes to YouTube

Nov 23, 2011

Disney films were available for rent on YouTube on Wednesday in the latest bid by the Google-owned website to transform into an online stage for the gamut of digital video content.

YouTube to offer online movie rentals

Sep 02, 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

Researchers aim to safeguard privacy on social networks

54 minutes ago

At the end of 2014, Facebook reported 1.39 billion monthly active users. In the meantime, 500 million tweets were sent each day on Twitter. Indeed, social networks have come to dominate aspects of our lives. ...

Agents probing drug site accused of taking online currency

59 minutes ago

Two former federal agents are accused of using their positions and savvy computer skills to siphon more than $1 million in digital currency from the online black market known as Silk Road while they and their agencies operated ...

User comments : 0

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.