What? It’s coming sooner than you would’ve thought folks! YouTube is becoming more like Netflix, although you won’t be able to find Netflix’s quality films to be streaming or downloading through a rental program from YouTube just yet. YouTube (more like Google) announces that this Friday, YouTube’s users will be able to watch independent films through a rental program. More quality films and documentaries and education videos are coming soon in the weeks ahead made possible through Google’s partnerships with various film makers and organizations and Sundance Film Festival. The fee structure for the rental program is unclear, but the definitive answers for everything about YouTube-sort-of-like-Netflix program will be made available on this Friday! Check out the few independent films that you could rent on this Friday after the jump!
You can bet on that this is another one of those beta strategies that Google is testing to see if the wind is really behind the sails of a ship. Netflix may have another real competitor in its territory. Are we even talking about Blockbuster anymore?