Sunday, November 09, 2008

YouTube Adding Full Length Films

YouTube and movie studio MGM have struck a deal to allow the showing of some full-length television shows and films from MGM.

MGM becomes one of the first, of what Google and YouTube hopes will be many, studio to allow full length version of their copyrighted shows to be posted on YouTube. Initial offerings form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios will include old favorites like the TV-Show “American Gladiators”. In addition MGM will be adding full-length action films like “Bulletproof Monk” and “The Magnificent Seven” and clips from popular movies like “Legally Blonde.” These will be free to watch, with ads running alongside the video.

Along with its new MGM relationship, YouTube has recently worked out deals with the independent studio Lionsgate and with CBS, which this month started posting to YouTube full-length episodes of older shows like “Star Trek” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”

According to reports Google has declined to discuss specifics, but a company spokeswoman issued this statement: "We are in negotiations with a variety of entertainment companies. Our goal is to offer maximum choice for our users, partners, and advertisers."

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