YouTube expands movie rentals

In a blog post Monday, YouTube announced that it will expand the number of movies available for rent through its streaming video site.

Salar Kamangar, the head of YouTube, wrote that the site will offer 3,000 additional movie titles for rent starting today for account holders inside the U.S. The new titles will appear later today, according to later post on the company’s blog.

The deal adds Universal Studios, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. to the list of studios that are partnering with YouTube, joining Lionsgate Films, Starz, The Weinstein company and others, according to a YouTube spokesman.

YouTube will give users 30 days after renting a movie to begin watching it. After you start a movie, you’ll have about 24 hours to finish it. Movie pages will also have reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and extra features such as YouTube movie parodies, clips and remixes.

As for pricing, the site will follow what it calls the industry standard of $3.99 for a new release and $2.99 for older releases. The service will not be subscription-based and will accept all major credit cards.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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