As promised, Disney films are now beginning to roll out to YouTube Movies--the video platform's streaming online video rental service for premium video content. A handful of titles are available now, with many more on the way over the next several weeks--YouTube says it'll be hundreds. So rejoice, Disney fans, you can now rent Disney movies on YouTube for only 99 cents a pop.
Rent Disney Movies On YouTube
Among the first Disney films to become available for rent on YouTube:
- Cars 2
- Pirates of the Caribbean (all 4 films in the series)
- Alice in Wonderland
- Winnie The Pooh
As the YouTube blog reminds you: there are thousands of feature-length Hollywood films for rent on YouTube, like Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Horrible Bosses, Green Lantern, Bridesmaids, and more. So it was essential that Disney get their film sin there as well.
Or was it? How many of you use YouTube Movies to rent films? I ask because I'm curious. I use it frequently. I didn't think anything would ever beat the price and convenience of Redbox, but YouTube does it. I get HD video without ever having to even drive to the store to pick up or return a Redbox rental--plus, I save a whole penny!
For now, DVDs may still be the preferred rental format for most Americans, but that's obviously going to change over the next several years. I have a hunch YouTube is going to be a player in the digital movie marketplace for some time to come. In the short term, Disney movies ought to bring a whole bunch of new customers to the service.