Google signs deal with Paramount to bring hundreds of movies to Google Play

Daniel Bader

April 4, 2012 4:28pm

Google has signed a deal with Paramount Pictures to bring hundreds of well-known movies to the Play Store for rent in the US and Canada. These movies include Transformers, Hugo, and the Godfather Trilogy, among others.

Typical prices are between $3.49 and $4.99 for 48-hour rentals, and must be started within 30 days of purchase. As Google says, “Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Paramount has been responsible for some of the most memorable films in cinema history. With the addition of Paramount, we now have five of the six major studios and over ten independent movie studios offering nearly 9,000 movies for rent to millions of people around the world. It’s still early days for us, and we’ll continue adding new titles and expanding our service to more countries this year.”

Google has also updated its Play Store web portal to focus more on content besides apps: in the Canadian market, books and movies are given equal precedence. Movies can be watched on Android phones, tablets as well as on the PC via YouTube.

Source: YouTube Blog

  • Tom

    Youtube movies is a good complement to Netflix.

    Netflix is a great all you can eat price, and Youtube for when you want to watch something specific (and it isn’t on Netflix).

  • Milpool

    Renting movies is such an antiquated concept, even in terms of digital rental. Netflix is at least a less limiting business model. Too bad their stream selection is horrible.

  • PkaTka1

    Yep agree! Netflix all the way. I prefer the all-you-can-eat price rather than pay-per-use. Oh well, torrents long live!!

  • shawn

    Too expensive!

  • Michael

    and yet they couldn’t afford to keep Canada’s wonderland…

    • Keith

      Wow,is that gone? I didn’t hear anything about that.

    • Yeria


      It’s not gone.. it’s just not owned by Paramount anymore..

  • Bukovian Smorzhee

    I prefer an all you can watch model as well. You are still limited by your carriers bandwidth limit.

  • EmperumanV

    When can we buy like in iTunes? Come on Google, step up the competition