Google strikes Paramount deal, adds 500 films to YouTube, Google Play

By on April 5, 2012, 6:30 PM

YouTube has announced a content deal with Paramount which will provide access to nearly 500 new flicks. Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market, will also enjoy the additional content thanks to the new agreement. While what movies will be made available remains unknown, that number of movies could include more than half of Paramount's films since the 1950s.

The new content will be slowly added over the next few weeks to YouTube and Google Play's movie libraries. The blog post only mentions availability to U.S. and Canadian users, so access to the videos may be limited exclusively to North America.

YouTube boasts that it now has content deals with five out of six major movie studios and its rental library contains over 9,000 movies.

Paramount, the second oldest film studio in existence with 100 years of history, has been increasingly progressive in recent years. The studio has (almost) fully embraced UltraViolet and now offers several dozen films on its own video streaming website, Paramount Movies. In addition, the studio has opened up to mobile devices, developing iOS and WP7 apps which allow users to view streaming content anywhere.

Although Google Play Movies offers thousands of films itself, some users may be disappointed to discover that the service does not work with rooted Android devices. Google cites copyright restrictions as the reason, so this may continue to be a shortcoming for quite some time.

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MrAnderson said:

Gosh - they finally come to an agreement on something...

Guest said:

Well I'll be damned O_O

mevans336 mevans336 said:

kg363 said:


Google Play movies range from $3.99 down to $0.99.

Guest said:

I was not happy when google took youtube. I guess google has proving that its not all bad.... that or they were losing youtube users and had to do something about it (which is more likely)

Tygerstrike said:

Good to see actually!! Now all they need to do is allow you to save those movies on your devices and its a win/win situation.

Mindwraith said:

Can't wait for all those "this content is not available in your country" messages. It'l be awesome...

avoidz avoidz said:

Mindwraith said:

Can't wait for all those "this content is not available in your country" messages. It'l be awesome...

Yep, you can bet on it, US-only content. Tough luck, rest of the world!

Guest said:

Live long torrents

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