We’re not saying any of our fair readers have ever watched a two-hour movie in a series of 10-minute parts that shouldnt’ve have been posted to YouTube, but now there are even more options — YouTube will be adding around 500 Paramount films for rental on the site to its current lineup. All in one piece!
Reuters says the partnership was announced today, despite the fact that the YouTube has been in a long legal battle with Paramount parent company, Viacom Inc.
As terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, no one is exactly sure how this deal went down in the midst of such litigation. Viacom wants to overturn its defeat in the 2007 lawsuit where it said YouTube and Google were responsible for “massive” copyright infringement.
Some of the titles offered will include newer movies like Hugo as well as classic favorites like The Godfather, to further fill out YouTube’s burgeoning collection of feature-length offerings.
YouTube already has deals for renting with five of the six major film studios and more than 10 independent film studios, for a grand total of around 9,000 movies. Usually films go for around $2.99 to $3.99 for 24-48 hour rental periods, and can be rented on the site or from Google Play.
YouTube to offer Paramount movie rentals [Reuters]