Google adds thousands of movies to YouTube

Watch out, Netflix! Google has gone and updated its YouTube Movies service with thousands of new titles from major studios, including plenty of recent blockbuster releases like Inception, Green Hornet, The King’s Speech, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and The Social Network.

The newest releases are available to rent for $2.99-$3.99 a pop, although there are still a number of free movies and old classics on offer. (Those old classics, incidentally, are all folks outside the United States will probably have access to. Up here in Canada, none of the new blockbuster releases even show up on the main page.) Google says the films “can be watched with your YouTube account on any computer.” Payment is handled through Google Checkout.

I’m surprised by just how much the YouTube Movies interface looks like Netflix. As Google points out, however, there are some added perks. Title pages include reviews from Rotten Tomatoes (complete with a Tomatometer bar), and you can purportedly enjoy YouTube Movie Extras such as “free behind-the-scenes videos, cast interviews, parodies, clips and remixes from YouTube’s unique community of content creators.”

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    • internetsandman
    • 9 years ago

    So both Netflix and Google are either ignoring or intentionally not catering to the Canadian market. This sucks.

      • Majiir Paktu
      • 9 years ago

      Would you focus on a market where users just got hit with tighter bandwidth caps?

      • voodootronix
      • 9 years ago

      They’ve left the UK out in the cold as well!

    • FireGryphon
    • 9 years ago

    How long until movie studios buy up ISPs and start charging even higher rates for Internet access?

    Maybe we have to wait a few more years until we’re dependent upon streaming movies.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 9 years ago

    Score minus one for the deafies. No freaking closed caption.

    • XaiaX
    • 9 years ago

    “I’m surprised by just how much the YouTube Movies interface looks like Netflix.”

    Really?

    It’s Google we’re talking about. From the makers of ̶t̶w̶i̶t̶t̶e̶r̶ Buzz, ̶i̶P̶h̶o̶n̶e̶ Nexus One, and ̶a̶ ̶h̶o̶l̶e̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶g̶r̶o̶u̶n̶d̶ Wave.

    –edit–
    No [strike] tag? WTF

    • NeelyCam
    • 9 years ago

    How is this different from Amazon VOD?

      • Xenolith
      • 9 years ago

      From what I can see, no major difference. Amazon is priced about the same as Youtube. Amazon probably has a better selection. Does Google have TV shows? Amazon does.

    • NeelyCam
    • 9 years ago

    Lifetime TiVoHD + OTA basic channels.
    Lifetime PlayON.
    Netflix stream+bluray $11.99/mo
    Frontier FIOS 35dn/35up $55/mo

    = I’m totally covered.

    Half the FIOS for half the price would be awesome, though

      • mcnabney
      • 9 years ago

      I have something similar.

      TWC – 10mb down / 400kb up ~ $30/mo
      HDHomerun tuners with two HTPCs and a server
      Hulu
      Netflix stream +DVD ~$10/mo
      Ooma for phone ~#3.50/mo
      Occasional Redbox from grocery store or McD

      It would be nice to have a better option for internet, but the TWC/AT&T duopoly choose to compete in marketing instead of price, service, and support.

    • jensend
    • 9 years ago

    Ah yes! Watching all the classics in glorious… low-bitrate not-very-well-encoded 480p (max).

    At least that was the case with the free ones I glanced at. I’ll give this a pass.

    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 9 years ago

    Where is my Steam-like digital library of movies I can purchase (complete with Steam like sales)?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    youtube movies is just to expensive sorry. With red box being so much cheaper for blue ray and netflix being cheaper for everything else they’ll need a better pricing structure.

    • Code:[M]ayhem
    • 9 years ago

    Pay money to download movies????? Now that’s funny!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!

      • DancinJack
      • 9 years ago

      Some of us don’t steal.

        • thanatos355
        • 9 years ago

        You’re stealing my air RIGHT NOW! :-O

        Sharing is caring. 🙂

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeTybKL1pM4[/url<]

        • Meadows
        • 9 years ago

        None of us do.

      • albundy
      • 9 years ago

      you’ve got a point. why cant they insert commercials/advertisements to make it free? its google after all.

      you could really do massive damage to old school broadcasters this way.

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        They are already damaging themselves. They had 10+ years to get on the ball with this and the best they have is hulu plus?

    • grantmeaname
    • 9 years ago

    Cue Comcast flipping out in five, four, …

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      Queue them raising rates for overages and gleefully chuckling.

    • mattthemuppet
    • 9 years ago

    really? Renting individual films online? That’s so ’00s. Do they also have that anachronistic “expires after 24h” nonsense too? Rent a couple of those blockbusters a month and you’re into Netflix territory – I know which I’d rather have (and do).

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    Redbox: $0.99. The end.

      • Coran Fixx
      • 9 years ago

      Netflix: $7.99
      Pants Optional: Priceless

      The end.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        that’s where I’ll stay too

          • NeelyCam
          • 9 years ago

          Netflix w/ BluRay for $11.99/mo. Awesome.

          Netflix stream doesn’t offer new movies, but with the physical BluRay option you can get semi-new stuff on the cheap.

        • flip-mode
        • 9 years ago

        Redbox as excuse to really go get beer: priceless flawless combo-kill victory.

          • DancinJack
          • 9 years ago

          hahahaha +1. You can usually get food too since Redbox are usually at groceries too.

        • Homerr
        • 9 years ago

        Yes, flat rate is better than being nickel and dimed.

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        [url<]http://www.instantwatcher.com[/url<] is pure goodness.

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      Leaving the house and getting physical media? Oh, how quaint!

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        If you can get a true BluRay for $1.50 vs. $4.00 for a “high-def” stream, I think it’s worth a short trip.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      I had to look this up. I didn’t know what it was.

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    Gotta love competition! Wouldn’t it be cool if there actually was any among carriers? Now, if Google would just add live streaming TV shows (sans commercials), my [s<]Robber's[/s<] Roger's account would be cancelled in a picosecond. Canadians, [url=http://hotspotshield.com/<]Hotspot Shield[/url<] is your new best friend.

      • anotherengineer
      • 9 years ago

      Robber’s eh, you must reside in the south half of Ontario somewhere. I never really heard anything good about them either. Except from the people from the North half of Ontario where we were used to paying 65/mo for 5 Mbit internet alone.

      I miss Shaw cable.

      Where is my cheap super fast fibre?? ;(

        • Sargent Duck
        • 9 years ago

        I reside in Eastern Ontario. Go teksavvy. What’s this? 5Mb line with 300GB/month for $31.00? (few more dollars and you can go unlimited)

        [url<]http://teksavvy.com/en/res-internet.asp[/url<]

          • dpaus
          • 9 years ago

          I’m planning to migrate to them ASAP. Between Bell and Robber’s, I’m paying over $200/mo for basic cable, basic phone and a basic Internet package. That’s not even counting my cell phone, and I’m looking to change that (Bell Mobility) ASAP too.

          p.s. – yes, I live at the Centre of the Universe. Literally about 100m from it. I believe I own the condo that’s actually closest to the CN Tower (aka the largest television/broadcast antenna in the world – but I’m paying for cable…. Go figure!)

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            I pay 60 for my net and phone. I don’t have cable. I don’t have caps, but I only have 15mb down, and 1mb up. I pay 55 for my cell, which is 500 local, unlimited messaging, and 1gb data, and 10 nationwide numbers. I switched to virgin with my wp7 phone, as it was WAY cheaper, and uses the same network. Just need an hspa phone, and you’re good to go.
            damn, it’s expensive in ontario.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 9 years ago

        It’s in a market that has proper regulation or at least a government that isn’t completely beholden to their corporate donors, like socialist Europe, and not in our North American ‘capitalist’ system.

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