YouTube Opens Video Rental Store
YouTube has been the undisputed king of free videos for years now, but the company is planning to branch out into another type of video service: movie rentals.
YouTube has actually been offering movie rentals of a few Sundance films since January, but now the site will expand the service with more films.
YouTube rentals will vary between $0.99 and $3.99 in price, paid through Google Check-Out, which will make the video viewable on a single user account for 48 hours.
While YouTube has definitely expanded the number of movies and TV shows available, the selection is still fairly limited compared to other movie rental services such as iTunes and Netflix. The variety of mainstream and blockbuster movies is pretty small, with the rest being a few older flicks and a lot of independent films.
If YouTube makes better deals with movie studios to get new movies, the service could end up being a nice alternative to other rental services. For now, it's just an eclectic mix that may or may not have what you're looking for.