Movie Rentals

Apr 07 2012

News - Paramount Brings 500 Titles to YouTube, Google Play

Paramount and Google have reached an agreement that will see about 500 Paramount movies become available on YouTube and Goggle Play. The licensing only makes the movies available to rent and apparently only to Internet users in the US and Canada. Paramount's movies will be added to YouTube and Google Play gradually over the next several weeks with rental rates between $2.99 and $4.99 depending on the films vintage and whether it is in SD or HD. With the addition of Paramount, Google now has deals in place with five of the six major studios, leaving only 20th Century Fox to resist to pull of the Googleplex. Perhaps 20th Century Fox is waiting to see if they can convince Google to sell movies as well as rent.

Google and Paramount

YouTube has announced a content deal with Paramount which will provide access to nearly 500 new flicks. Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market, will also enjoy the additional content thanks to the new agreement. While what movies will be made available remains unknown, that number of movies could include more than half of Paramount's films since the 1950s.


Mar 20 2012

News - Digiboo Launches, Taking on Redbox with Flash Drives


Redbox knocks out one kiosk rental competitor and another one springs up in it's place. The Morgan Freeman-backed Digiboo movie rental service has launched with kiosks in a handful of airports. Digiboo plans to expand to 7000 kiosks over the next three years, though presumably not just at airports. The basic concept may be similar to Redbox, but there are some fundamental differences. The most obvious difference is the decision to go with digital files that you download to a flash drive rather than discs. The standard definition movie files weigh in at about 900 MB per hour and at this point can only be played back on a Windows PC with Windows Media Player that has been authorized over the Internet with Digiboo's servers. Mac and Android support is in the pipeline, however. The second difference is the $3.99 rental fee, though to be fair, it is a 48 hour rental and you have 30 days to start watching the movie and trigger the rental period. Obviously a big part of the goal is to provide a better selection of movies without the attendant inventory management of DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, but it should be interesting to see if Digiboo can convince users that they offer a solution as convenient as Redbox's. Anyone interested in taking their USB drive down to the Circle K to rent a movie?

Judging by its quirky name, you'd think Digiboo is anything but an à la carte video service hoping to fight it out with the famed Redbox, or even Qwikster Netflix. The outfit's kiosks allow you to grab a two-day rental from a 700-plus film menu for $3.99, while $14.99 makes any title yours to own. 


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