More than 600 feature films from the MGM back catalogue have been added to YouTube’s Movie section, as well as Google Play (formerly the Android Marketplace) where content can be downloaded to Android phones and tablets.
The new partnership only applies in the US and Canada at the moment but it’s a sign that Google is getting increasingly serious about expanding its online movie offering to compete with the likes of Netflix.
Titles can be rented for a 24-hour period, though customers have 30 days in which to start watching after they have paid. Films such as West Side Story, Rocky, The Terminator and RoboCop are among the influx of classics.
The films are available in a choice of standard definition for $2.99 or HD for $3.99.
On the official YouTube blog, Jonathan Zepp, Manager of TV/Film Content Partnerships, wrote: “If there’s one consistent opening image moviegoers around the world know and equate with great cinema, it’s Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Roaring Lion (a clip that has over 1 million views on YouTube). For nearly 90 years, MGM has brought some of the best and most memorable films to the silver screen. MGM joins five of the six major studios and over ten independent movie studios, currently offering movies for rent on YouTube and Google Play.”
However, the Google Play movie portal is currently very limited in the UK, with under 500 films on offer according to our latest search, mostly costing either £2.49 or £3.49 to rent. Hopefully, Google will improve things UK-side soon.