Sony Pictures Confirms Feature-Film Talks with YouTube

Technology.am (Apr. 10, 2009) — No major U.S. movie studio posts full-length films on YouTube. Now Sony Pictures is discussing a deal to license feature films to Google’s YouTube that could help YouTube become an outlet for premium full-length content.

youtube-sonyRight now, YouTube offers mostly independent films and a handful of titles from Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Sony Pictures will offer 60 older films, including “Stripes” and “Groundhog Day,” as well as vintage television shows, at its Crackle.com Web site. Hulu.com.

The studio doesn’t allow the syndication of its content, which means YouTube users won’t be allowed to embed Sony Pictures content on their blogs or personal Web pages.

The biggest potential benefit for YouTube is that a successful partnership could attract other studios and TV networks.

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