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Google Adds 3000 YouTube Movies For Rent

Google has just added 3000 new full-length movies for rent to YouTube. For $1.99, $2.99 or $3.99 per rental, you can get (advertising free)  access to titles such as Epoch, End Game or The Promotion. We could not find any brand new releases, but that could be due to the fact that we did not really try very hard finding any compelling new movies. Not that we are lazy, but YouTube Movies still falls somewhat short to provide a convenient movie watching experience.

There are still plenty of advertising-supported movies available via Crackle, but search results are still mixed up with everything else on YouTube and it take several steps to set your search filters, so you can actually find the movie type you are looking for. And even then you may not be happy with the search result as filters such as "movie" and "longer than 20 minutes" still provide a mix of search results that is just too unorganized when you are looking just to sit down and enjoy a movie. watching a movie is a very passive entertainment experience and we believe that Google still asks for too much interaction.

Netflix does a much better job at delivering a clear movie streaming interface.

  • afrobacon
    I have to agree, as streamline and simple as most of their products are I'm really dissatisfied with their layout when it comes to movies.

    I think its only a matter of time before someone at Google updates it; until then I have other ways of watching movies.
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  • nebun
    tks but no tks
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  • 11796pcs
    I've actually watched quite a few movies on YouTube that were jsut loaded up by normal users, I think YouTube is cracking down on that though so that they can force their own service. Also Google is off it's rocker- $4 for a movie? That's half of what it costs me a month for Netflix and I can get 4x as much content. These companies are crazy. And Google has a serious problem if they can't turn the most visited movie site on the web into something profitable. How hard can it be?
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  • Why would companies still launch new services like this while data cap all over the nation and even the world is on the horizon? If they are really serious about this, they should start lobbying for no data cap access or it is merely a waste of resource and time in the long run. Of all companies, Google should be the one start the lobbying as limited online access is going to seriously affect their business, including the online advertising revenue.
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  • eddieroolz
    They need any way to make more money, since apparently YouTube is still losing money.
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  • virtualban
    Facebook has the right approach, make it easy for the average Joe. Experimenting with "watch commercials to get credits" is a good idea for them. Google has the free movies, Facebook will have those free movies but make people "earn it by watching commercials". Anyway I think the facebook ease to pay for the movie with their internal credits is the biggest threat. Competition is generally good, but fragmented market and exclusives don't sound as good to me. Still, I wish Google all good in this.
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  • fir_ser
    A new way for google to make.
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  • fir_ser
    fir_serA new way for google to make.A new way for Google to make Money.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    ^ yeah. OUR money
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