YouTube (GOOG -1.1%) will begin offering online movie rentals from Viacom's (VIAB -1.2%)...

YouTube (GOOG -1.1%) will begin offering online movie rentals from Viacom's (VIAB -1.2%) Paramount Pictures, adding a fifth major studio partner to its lineup. Most interesting to Paul Ausick: Paramount isn't giving in on streaming; rentals must be downloaded and played as if from a DVD. "How long do the studios think viewers are going to want to do that?"
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  • nosajio
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    Good. I hate streaming. I don't want to watch on demand. I want it to download overnight so I have the whole movie available for watching when I'm ready.
    4 Apr 2012, 03:55 PM Reply Like
  • James Sands
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    Content owners are fools. This isn't an oil commodity that has a dominant position with consumer dependency. There are so many ways Internet users can watch whatever they want, whenever they want. The majority of users would gladly pay a price for something that offered good variety. To this day no product exists and major content owners will continue to greedily keep the structured viewing through TV networks as long as possible.


    Content owners need to accept the fact that fragmented viewing is the future. NFLX will get bought out soon enough. Youtube will eventually become a major "network" platform. I got rid of my TV 2 years ago. If content owners do not offer the products consumers want, there is no need to use their services.
    4 Apr 2012, 04:56 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    I watch 90% of my movies on streaming, and I know that most people do, which leads me to believe that Paramount are idiots. On the subject of NFLX, I don't know anyone that has a decent broadband connection that does NOT have NetFlix, so I don't think it is going away soon.
    4 Apr 2012, 05:40 PM Reply Like
  • Luke Skywooker
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    love my Netflix
    4 Apr 2012, 10:28 PM Reply Like
  • bosco115
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    If it's on Netflix, I'll watch it. If it's not on Netflix, I'll steal it.


    I don't want to pay for Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube rentals, iTunes, and HBO.


    Piracy will continue until there is one dominant video streaming service that all content providers are tied to - similar to iTunes with the music industry. However, the production houses don't like giving one company all that control, so they'll continue with separate content deals. And they'll continue losing money from guys like me who don't want to pay for another streaming service.


    Message to all production companies: pick one service together and stick to it. You will all make more money and piracy will end overnight.
    5 Apr 2012, 08:15 AM Reply Like
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