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Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks jump fence, join YouTube rentals

updated 03:25 pm EST, Wed November 23, 2011

YouTube rentals get Disney and Pixar

Google's YouTube rentals saw the slightly unexpected addition of Disney movies on Wednesday. Both its live and animated movies, as well as Pixar's CG movies, are now available on the web- and Android-based store. Key rival DreamWorks is also making the leap.

The addition is unusual through Disney's tight connection to Apple, which included the late Steve Jobs' place on the Disney board of directors and Disney's CEO going to Apple's board. The movie studio isn't averse to supporting online services other than iTunes, but it would now be supplying movies to Apple's main competitor and the frequent target of Jobs' criticism. Pixar was co-founded with Jobs at the helm.

YouTube's rentals were primarily intended as a key step in filling out an Android ecosystem that didn't have direct, consistent parallels to iTunes outside of Android Market. Content deals like those with Disney and DreamWorks help it catch up in terms of content to stores like Apple's or Amazon's, many of which have already filled out their content.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    not a better deal for consumers

    prices are basically the same, rental periods the same and you have to be online. Plus right now it only works on computer. So basically this is no better or worse than iTunes. Just a slightly different flavor. It's not really likely to hurt iTunes unless these deals start s******* with iTunes being able to rent or even sell titles. And I can't see that happening given the relationship past and present.

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