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Report: YouTube to Stream Movie Rentals

The Wall Street Journal today reports that YouTube is in discussions with major studios to make new releases available via the video sharing service. Among those rumored to be considering YouTube as an avenue for streaming movie rentals are Lionsgate, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and MGM.

WSJ cites people familiar with the matter who say that while details vary depending on the studio – some will offer streamed rentals for a fee while others will offer them for free but with advertising – the cost of a rental would likely be around $3.99, the price Apple charges for new releases on iTunes.

In statement, YouTube said the company is always working to expand on "its great relationships with movie studios and on the selection and types of videos we offer our community."

Is paying to watch movies something any of you would consider doing? We're getting to the stage where many people watch the majority of their shows online anyway (I've all but ditched my TV in favor of a laptop and a second display). Would you rent movies via YouTube if the price was right? Let us know in the comments below!

  • At the right price, yes.
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  • gamerjames
    I wouldn't. I can't watch movies on my computer unless I am on a plane. I'd just go out and rent it somewhere else and watch it on a comfy couch and huge tv.
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  • ainarssems
    I never buy or rent movies, this is what friends are for, just borrow or watch @ friends house. If they were like $1.99 I might consider renting on youtube .
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  • cryogenic
    Finally! What took them so long for such a basic service? Let's just hope now that the price will be acceptable.

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  • ainarssems
    .I wouldn't. I can't watch movies on my computer unless I am on a plane. I'd just go out and rent it somewhere else and watch it on a comfy couch and huge tv

    Here is the crazy idea: why don't Yo4u connect Your PC to TV.
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  • icepick314
    gamerjamesI wouldn't. I can't watch movies on my computer unless I am on a plane. I'd just go out and rent it somewhere else and watch it on a comfy couch and huge tv.
    there are TVs with built-in Youtube support as well as third-party video players such as Popcorn Hour...

    i've tried to watch regular Youtube video on TV and it was worse than watching with rabbit ears...

    i don't know what kind of bit rate the rental films will have...i hope it'll be good enough to at least get SD quality to TV....
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  • dereksbelanger
    How is the news? Netflix has been doing it for years...and they are doing it good!
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  • IzzyCraft
    too bad youtube's encoding sucks although they break the video less and less now.
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  • almostdecent
    ainarssemsHere is the crazy idea: why don't You connect Your PC to TV.
    You took the words out of my mouth. I have this setup in 3 locations at home here. You get the big screen advantages, without the need to transfer file to pendrive or DVD. A half-decent wireless mouse is pretty practical too of course.
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  • jerther
    3.99 is a bit expensive, considering all it takes to watch it. (good internet connection, a good PC connected to either a TV or a good monitor). Hell, I could even buy a DVD for that price.

    I'd rather rent a physical DVD for the same price and just need a tv and a cheap dvd player.

    However, like someone else said, if the price was down do 1.99, I'd seriously consider.
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