It was an offer that Paramount Pictures could not refuse.
Google and the Viacom-owned movie giant have signed a licensing deal that will give viewers in the U.S. and Canada access to hundreds of films, including the popular classics such as The Godfather trilogy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Hugo, reports Digital Journal.
The catalog of approximately 500 movies will available through YouTube and Google Play for an estimated $2.99 - $3.99 according to Mashable. HD versions will rent for higher.
Viewers will have 30 days from the time of purchase to watch a movie and 48 hours from the time they begin, to finish it.
The Paramount Pictures movies will be rolled out through YouTube and Google Play in the next month.
Paramount Pictures joins Disney, Sony, Warner Bros., Comcast and Universal in providing movies through the on-line service. To date, the only holdout is the News Corp-owned 20 Century Fox.
Apple has agreements with all the six movie companies to stream and sell digital downloads of movies through iTunes. According to Mashable, Google and the movies studios are currently discussing the possibility of also selling the movies through Google Play.