Technology.am (Apr. 17, 2009) — Google-owned YouTube proclaimed partnerships with Sony Pictures and other Hollywood studios and introduced new platforms to feature television shows and full-length movies.
YouTube unveiled a new destination for television shows and an expanded platform for movies with more professional content to a website that started as a venue for amateur videos.
Youtube.com/shows, which went live late Thursday, features television programs from companies such as BBC Worldwide, CBS, Discovery Networks, Lionsgate, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, National Geographic, PBS, Sony’s Crackle, Starz and others.
Youtube.com/movies feature movies from Lionsgate, MGM, Starz and other studios.
At present, the television shows and movie destinations are limited to users in the US but YouTube said “we look forward to expanding to other regions as soon as possible.”
YouTube and the studios are to share advertising revenue on the sites and Google simultaneously on Thursday announced the launch of Google TV Ads Online, which allows advertisers to place commercials into the ad breaks of television shows being watched online.