May 28, 2017

Google, YouTube want in on Hollywood’s pay-per-view game

By Sean O’Connell As Netflix negotiates with Apple to stream movies on your iPhone and iPad, Google is attempting to make its own splash with regards to pay-per-view films.

The powerful Internet company reportedly is in talks with Hollywood’s major studios to launch a streaming movie service on YouTube by the end of the year. This was first reported in the Financial Times, which says the move would put Google in direct competition with Apple, Hulu, and other popular online streaming services.

According to the FT report, newer films “would cost about $5 on the planned on-demand streaming service.”

With each passing day, we are learning about new ways Hollywood intends to stream movies to our Internet devices. Does this mean the end of movie theaters as we know them? Could YouTube cut into the Red Box system that is dominating supermarkets and local convenience stores? And which online player will get into the game next?

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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