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!