YouTube in Talks to Show Full Movies

Could have service within 90 days

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 8, 2008 12:48 PM CST

(Newser) – Full-length Hollywood movies will soon be streaming on YouTube, reports CNET. The site's parent company, Google, is in promising talks and could have offerings from at least one major studio online within a month. “It's going to happen,” said one executive with knowledge of the deal. “I would say you can expect to see it, if all goes well, sometime within the next 30 to 90 days.”

There's some skepticism about whether the venture can be profitable. The films would be supported by ads, but whether they would run before or after, or perhaps during brief interruptions, remains undecided. Google is reportedly insisting on one set ad format, to the annoyance of some movie companies, who want more control. Nor is every studio comfortable giving Google full-length movies; Lionsgate recently cut a deal for short clips only, and another company is in talks to do the same.

This screenshot from YouTube shows President Bush giving German Chancellor Angela Merkel an impromptu back rub.
This screenshot from YouTube shows President Bush giving German Chancellor Angela Merkel an impromptu back rub.   (AP Photo/YouTube, file)
In this photo illustration the YouTube website is dispayed on October 10, 2006.
In this photo illustration the YouTube website is dispayed on October 10, 2006.   (Getty Images)
YouTube is hoping to take its online video dominance to the next level.
YouTube is hoping to take its online video dominance to the next level.   (Shutterstock)
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