YouTube launches movie rentals for the UK

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YouTube has rolled out its movie rental service in the UK. Youtube.com/moviesnow features over a thousand feature films including The Dark Knight and Reservoir Dogs alongside British classics like Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The UK is the third country to get the service, following the US and Canada.

Prices for the films range from £2.49 to £3.49. Users have 30 days to watch the movies rented and then have 48 hours to finish the movie.

YouTube is now in direct competition with Amazon’s LoveFilm, which has 1.6 million customers in the UK and Europe. LoveFilm’s new releases also cost between £2.49 and £3.49 a film.

YouTube signed UK deals with Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Universal and Lionsgate among others. Broadcasters, including Channel 4 and Channel 5, already make their programmes available on the site.