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Google plans pay-per-view YouTube movie service

By Jos
Aug 30, 2010
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  1. Google has been working hard to expand YouTube's content beyond user-submitted videos and turn the site into a revenue-generating venture. Over the years the company has signed a few deals that have helped it avoid further lawsuits and brought some professionally produced (yet not quite popular) content to the table. But Google's plans are apparently far more ambitious, and after launching its somewhat limited movie rental service earlier this year, negotiations are underway with "leading" Hollywood studios for a wide selection of their latest and catalog movie offerings.

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  2. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Maniac Posts: 543

    There gonna take over the world!
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    So, they want to compete with RedBox, but will have streaming movies (which will have quality dependent on your internet connection) at 5 times the price? Seriously, 3 movies on Google's service and I've paid for a netflix subscription fee for the month. Somebody needs to do some examination of the economy and some basic math, I think.

    Or they could stick with pricey rentals and go the way of Blockbuster (and cable movies on demand), who are getting massively spanked by the gauntlet of RedBox and Netflix. Google never struck me as stupid, so this one boggles my mind a bit.
  4. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Ya...I agree with Vrmithrax a $5 price per release is baffling if this is what intend. I don't have anything against the pay-per-view route vs subscription, but if your price per one release comes close to matching a monthly subscription of your competitors I have no idea how you plan on surviving.
  5. 5$?! laughable
  6. motrin

    motrin TS Enthusiast Posts: 155   +8

    seriously 5 moneys.. thats 5 movies at redbox!
  7. The only difference between this service compared to redbox/netflix is that they will be available as soon as they're out on DVD. Redbox and Netflix can't release movies for 30 days after release on DVD. In that aspect they arn't necessarily competing with redbox/netflix because they won't be available for at least a month. That's about the only logic I can imagine them having for charging $5 to stream a movie. It's still streaming though and $5 is way too much for one movie in my opinion.
  8. fwilliams

    fwilliams TS Rookie Posts: 97

    I would pay $5 if I could get the movie the same day it hits the theaters!
  9. fwilliams

    fwilliams TS Rookie Posts: 97

    I would pay $5 if I could get the movie the same day it hits the theaters!
  10. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    won't be available my part of the world & i already pay a lot for SAT TV even if the movies do come after 3 - 6 months & some after 1 or 2 years, i just don't have enough time so can still live with actual setup.

    Would be happy to find some VOD/Movie stream services in paradise though ;)

    cheers!


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