Disney now offering movie rentals on YouTube


Walt Disney Studios joins Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers as major content providers on the Google-owned website. Google announced 11/23 that the filmmaker has partnered with YouTube as the latest rental partner on the streaming video hub.

Hundreds of movies under Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks Studios will be offered on the site, with a soft launch including Alice in Wonderland, Cars and the Pirates of the Caribbean flicks.

The move follows the recent announcement that Disney Interactive Media and YouTube will spend a combined $10 million to $15 million on original video series. The mainly short-length videos will be produced by Disney and distributed on a co-branded channel on Disney.com and YouTube. The channel will also include amateur video picks from the many uploaded to YouTube daily.

More Disney offerings are expected to join the site in the coming weeks.