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YouTube announced today they're joining the streaming rental fracas, a field dominated by iTunes and Netflix. Hopefully this wont include mandatory Rick Rolls during opening credits. YouTube, starting this month,...
05-09-2011, 10:38 PM #1
YouTube To Rick Roll iTunes, Netflix, and Movie Industry
YouTube announced today they're joining the streaming rental fracas, a field dominated by iTunes and Netflix. Hopefully this wont include mandatory Rick Rolls during opening credits.
YouTube, starting this month, will provide streaming movie rentals. The initial number of movies for rent is near 3,000, including classics like Caddyshack, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and Scarface. YouTube's venture into the streaming movie service isn't a surprise, but the amount of time it took to get here is. No other streaming video service has quite the viewership YouTube does, but that same viewership is accustomed to paying zilch for what they view. Getting those same freeloaders to pay for what they see is a definite road block.
While YouTube may struggle to convince its viewership to use their video-on-demand streaming services, they do have a couple advantages over NetFlix and iTunes. What they lack in available movies YouTube movie pages will make up to viewers with behind the scenes footage and special features usually only available on store bought DVDs. Netflix and iTunes rarely provide the streaming of special features, and Netflix's DVDs are notorious for not including special features. In fact when renting some movies via DVD from Netflix the special features discs are shipped separately and count as an additional rental.
YouTubes poised to provide a unique streaming experience, and they will need to fulfill that promise if they want to cut the gap between them and the established market leaders. A staggering statistic that bodes well for YouTube, the site logs 2 billion video views a day. Getting a fraction of those viewers to pay for a rental could prove wildly profitable.
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05-09-2011, 10:40 PM #2
Hopefully adding more outlets will get the networks and movie industry to open up more of their catalog for streaming.
05-09-2011, 10:42 PM #3
Like any streaming movie service they never have any good movies. Most online ones on Netflix are B movies that most have never even heard of. They need to get more quality content over quantity to appeal to customers...
05-09-2011, 10:44 PM #4
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05-09-2011, 10:51 PM #5
Ok great, but how is this iDevice related news? Are iDevice's going to be included in the initial launch of YouTubeRental?
05-09-2011, 10:57 PM #6
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05-09-2011, 11:07 PM #8
It will be interesting to see if YouTube provides the lion's share of new releases and stuff that people actually want to see unlike OnDemand and NetFlix with their mountains upon mountains of garbage.
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05-09-2011, 11:12 PM #9
Post #420 baby!!!!
What sucks about netflix is that all the new releases, or almost anything worth watching needs to be sent to your house. Only the BS stuff can be streamed. It's still a great deal though (if you ask me).
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05-09-2011, 11:14 PM #10
YouTube buffering sux, no way I would ever pay for that headache! I'll stick w/NetFlix
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05-10-2011, 05:15 AM #12
If utube charges me so much as a penny, I will never go back.
05-10-2011, 05:15 AM #13
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05-10-2011, 05:41 AM #14
Starting this month? They've had this feature for months now.
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05-10-2011, 11:14 AM #18
Now can anybody tell me why the heck is live video streaming not available to the masses when almost every other site out there has it? It's like they don't like money. :S
05-10-2011, 04:52 PM #19
"New Arrivals" to Netflix are 6+ years old movies. I'm starting to hate the instant stream selection from Netflix.
05-10-2011, 05:49 PM #20
There are several new arrivals that are current on Netflix.
And with any streaming service it is limited to what the entertainment industry allows them to stream; what titles they allow from thier catalog. Thus why Netflix has a 30 day waiting on new releases because if they did that then the companies would offer more catalog and the companies would get more first month dvd sales.
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