With all the hand-wringing over Netflix and Hulu, it’s easy to forget YouTube is all up in the film-streaming business as well.
But they are, and expect to hear a bit more about it as more channels launch and the site is integrated further with Google TV. And among the big deals being brokered by the video streaming service comes one that will be of special interest to parents looking for a bit of quiet time when the TV’s VOD selection leans toward the sucky side. Last week, YouTube and Disney worked out a deal for the former to stream content from the latter- including full-length content from Disney, Disney·Pixar and DreamWorks Studios.
In a post on their blog, YouTube trumpeted some of the new selections, writing in part:
Fans of animated movies? We’ve got the beloved animated classic, Alice in Wonderland and the newly envisioned Winnie the Pooh. Love Disney·Pixar? We have hits like Cars and Cars 2 all in one place. Up for a little bit of adventure? We’ll take you from the darkest depths of the oceans with all four of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, including the most recent blockbuster in the franchise Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides… So gather the family and friends to watch your favorite Disney movies at YouTube.com/movies. Check back in because even more of the great Disney classics and new releases will be added in weeks to come, including our YouTube Movie Extras with behind-the-scenes clips, interviews, and more.
Pricing for a “48-hour pass” is in line with similar services, with titles like Cars coming in at about $1.99, and Cars 2 at $3.99.