YouTube launches movie rental service in Canada

In a post on the official YouTube blog, Google today announced that Canadians will now be able to rent over a thousand full-length movies from the site.

Pricing for movies, which are DVD (480i) quality, starts at $2.99 for older films with new releases priced at $4.99. No high definition (HD) rentals yet.

To rent movies you must have a YouTube account and a Google Checkout account. If you don’t have either, you can sign up when your rent a movie for the first time at youtube.ca/movies.

Once you’ve found a movie, click the blue button displaying the Rental period and price (see image below). Select the payment method you wish to use in the lower left corner of the pop out and click “Complete your purchase” to complete the transaction.

The blue button on the video information page should now say “Watch Now” and your the movie will be available for the duration of the rental period after you begin viewing the rental.

Similar to iTunes and other online movie services, renters have 30 days to begin watching the movie. Once the movies is started though, you only have 48 hours to finish watching.

Another nice touch with the YouTube service is that once you’ve rented a movie, you can watch it from your YouTube account on any computer. The movie will also play on Google TV, Android tablets with Honeycomb, and most Android phones.

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Comments

2 Responses to “YouTube launches movie rental service in Canada”
  1. morikaweb says:

    What is it with theses services thinking they can charge whatever they want for DRM’d crap? I can go to Walmart and buy a Blu-Ray for 8.99 and do whatever I want with it, so why would I pay $4.99 to “rent” this garbage?

  2. Frank says:

    You have to wonder how Google/Youtube could even remotely think that this new service offers ANY competition to Netflix. Don’t think the entire story is out on this yet…