YouTube, the personal video giant is now expanding its array from free videos, to free independent films and now to paid movie rentals. You can now watch the latest movies right from your computer at YouTube Movies. Categories include New Releases, Collections, Free Movies, Action & Adventure, Animation & Cartoons, Classics, Comedy, Crime, Documentary & Biography, Drama, Family, Foreign Film, Horror, Indian Cinema, Mystery & Suspense, Romance, and Science Fiction. Prices range from Free up to $3.99 per movie rental. Rentals typically include a 24 hour pass for the base price and you will have 30 days to watch your video after purchasing the rental.
The pricing might not be as good as some of its competitors like Amazon Video or Netflix, but it certainly makes a statement for YouTube by offering paid and free videos to users around the world. The pricing seems to match more of On Demand services, like from your local TV provider, rather than other compatible online services or monthly rental programs. If YouTube Movies becomes more adopted, hopefully we’ll start to see a drop in prices, since $4.00 to rent a movie no-a-days seems outrageous.