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YouTube Adds DisneyTube To Rentals And Android

by Blogger on ‎11-28-2011 05:28 AM

youtubemovies.jpgGoogle and Disney have signed a deal that makes the studio's full length movies available through YouTube. Movie's have been available for rent on YouTube since the spring, but Google has never really pushed the service.  With Netflix stumbling, now might be the time to pounce.


Most of the movies are $3.99, some are $4.99 and some are free, like Jessica Simpson in Blonde Ambition or the documentary Life in a Day.


The Google/Disney deal means films from Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks will be available to stream online. Titles initially available will include films such as Cars (1 and 2), Alice in Wonderland and Pirates of the Caribbean.


YouTube marketing executive Minjae Ormes announced the deal in a YouTube movies blog post.


"Check back in because even more of the great Disney classics and new releases will be added in weeks to come, including our YouTube Movie Extras with behind-the-scenes clips, interviews and more."


YouTube recently announced plans for a fleet of channels featuring content from Shaq to Tony Hawk. YouTube and Disney will work on a co-branded channel that will be launching at and YouTube early in the new year.  


“It’s imperative to go where our audience is,” said James A. Pitaro, co-president of Disney Interactive. He added that the idea is to “bring Disney’s legacy of storytelling to a new generation of families and Disney enthusiasts on the platforms they prefer.”


If you're rocking an Android device, you'll be able to get the movies on the go and even be able to download them for offline viewing through your Videos app.  And since Google owns YouTube and Android, you know the other smartphones are not getting an even playing field for this feature.



by Retired Blogger on ‎11-29-2011 12:00 AM

"you know the other smartphones are not getting an even playing field for this feature" - if you are implying this is unfair, how is this any different than itunes only being available on iOS mobile devices? Every eco-system is going to have its own unique benefits, and this happens to one that Android has.

by Exalted Expert on ‎11-29-2011 05:38 AM

How many apps out there are only available on iPhone?  There's a lot of them.  Sometimes that's the way things go when choosing a device that has a number of competitors.  You win some, you lose some. 



by Blogger on ‎11-29-2011 06:05 AM

I'm not saying this is unfair at all. Google is going to give it's devices special treatment in the same way Apple does.

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