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