Do you know that you can watch full length Hollywood movies, action thrillers, comedy films and hundreds of old movie classics on YouTube ? YouTube has an extensive movie section at YouTube.com/movies which lets you stream movies and watch them online, without having to download video clips on your computer.
The advantage of choosing YouTube to watch Hollywood or Bollywood movies is that most of the videos are offered on a freemium basis, you don’t have to pull out a credit card or pay any subscription fee, in order to watch movies on YouTube.
Various types of movies are available on YouTube’s movie gallery, this includes old classics, action thrillers, romantic movies, horror movies, documentary, biography, animations, cartoons, science fiction or family shows. If you don’t have DVD’s at home and do not want to download pirated copied of movies from torrent sites, YouTube is surely one of the best options to consider.
However, here is some good news for movie addicts, who regularly search old classics on YouTube.
Google has recently partnered with Sony Pictures, Warner brothers and Universal and these companies will soon upload thousands of full length feature films at YouTube’s movie section. This includes catalog and new releases from independent studios but the only sad thing is that the newer movies will be added on a rent basis, starting at $3.99 per movie. And users will also need a YouTube account to rent movies, which is of course a free sign up.
All the streamed movies will be served in HD format and streamed to your computer directly from YouTube, which means the individual clips can’t be downloaded on your computer using video download tools. Users who have rented a particular movie from their YouTube account can still embed the video on their website or blog, the only catch here is that only those users who have paid the rented price will be able to watch the movie. Those who haven’t will see a trailer video and a link to rent the video on their YouTube account – as reported by Alexia Tsotsis of Techcrunch.com.
I think the rental fees to watch full length movies on YouTube is fairly low but there are two additional requirements. First, when you have paid the amount to watch a particular title, you have to finish watching it within 24 hours (at maximum). The second catch is that YouTube movie rentals will only work for U.S citizens at the moment.
Users having a Google TV can watch YouTube’s premium movies from their browsers but there is again some disappointment for mobile or tablet users; since YouTube’s rental movies will only work in desktop browsers.
Nothing interesting if you don’t want to pay a rental fee for watching movies on YouTube and if you live outside U.S. However, we do hope that in a couple of years, older movies will be added to YouTube’s free movie catalog and users from any country can watch it online; with absolutely no strings attached.