Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Home Streaming YouTube launches movie rentals - but no HD?

YouTube launches movie rentals – but no HD?

If you haven’t noticed YouTube has added movie rentals to its online services. One might wonder why it took so long, being that YouTube has lead the streaming video revolution. They dabbled in rentals last year with titles from the Sundance Film Festival, but now they’ve gone full out — offering major Hollywood movies such as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” “Green Hornet,” and “Inception.”

Movies seemed to be consistently priced according to release date. For example “Inside Job” (2010) is $3.99 while “3:10 To Yuma” (2007) is $2.99. However, YouTube isn’t indicating video quality before purchase.

In fact, you don’t even see any quality options (including in the Terms of Service) until you actually purchase the movie. For $3.99, we rented “Inside Job” and weren’t expecting 1080p given the price point but had to choose from 240p, 360p and 480p. (Although trailers are offered in various resolutions including 720p and 1080p.)

We would expect YouTube, (who was even doing 4k testing last year) would offer more resolutions AND disclose them before purchase. Apparently, YouTube is using up all its bandwidth on fake blooper videos.

There are quite a few “Free Movies” as well, which is refreshing. “Super Size Me,” “Dig!” and even “Ghostbusters.” We started watching “The Freshman” (1990) which starts with a quick commercial for Blu-ray but then gets right into the movie. Although, again no video resolution options were given.

“Renting” a movie from YouTube gets you a 24-hour pass to be started within 30-days. YouTube has also integrated Rotten Tomatoes user review ratings for each movie, for better or for worse.

Jeff Chabothttps://hd-report.com
Jeff has a background in photography, video and television production. He writes about technology, broadcasting, home theater, and digital entertainment.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

4k TV Deals

Sony X1 4k HDR TV

Hot Pre-orders!

Game of Thrones: The Complete Series 4k Blu-ray
Back to the Future 35th Anniversary 4k Blu-ray giftset
Mission: Impossible - The Original TV Series Blu-ray
Stanley Kubrick 3-Film Collection  4k Blu-ray

1-Month Free!

Hot Blu-rays!

New Articles

Deal Alert: Columbia Classics 6-Film 4k Blu-ray Collection Price Drop

The Columbia Classics 17-disc collection is now the lowest price we've ever seen it at only $100.85 (list price of $164.99). That's a savings...

New Giveaway! Stephen King 5-Movie Collection on Blu-ray!

This week's giveaway is the Stephen King 5-Movie Collection on Blu-ray Disc! (Retail Value $36.99) The collection includes The Dead Zone (1983), Stephen King’s Silver...

CBS All Access will be rebranded as Paramount+

Officially announced today, ViacomCBS will change the name of CBS All Access to Paramount+. The new brand will launch early 2021 with content from...

Take 20% Off the Panasonic DP-UB820 4k Blu-ray Player

Want to step up your home theater experience? The Panasonic (DP-UB820) 4k Blu-ray player is on sale for just $397.99 at Amazon. That's a $102 (20%)...

Support Us!