Studios, YouTube Talk Movie Rentals

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2009 8:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – YouTube is in talks with big Hollywood studios about making movies available for rent on the popular video-sharing site, the Wall Street Journal reports—a rare move toward making YouTube users actually pay for content. Lions Gate, Warner Brothers and Sony are among the studios that could make titles available, perhaps the same day they’re released on DVD, for an iTunes-like price around $3.99.

With negotiations continuing, it’s uncertain if the fee will merely cover streaming video on the site, or if users will be able to download movies from YouTube. The Google-owned site is yet to turn a profit.