YouTube online film rental service arrives in the UK

The Dark Knight

There are thousands of films for British movie fans to choose from, including blockbuster titles such as The Dark Knight and Reservoir Dogs.

Already available in the US and Canada, the UK version will allow viewers to rent new releases for £3.49 and older titles from £2.49 to £3.49.

Viewers will have a 30-day time limit to watch the film on YouTube, and 48 hours once they have started viewing it.

YouTube has signed UK-specific deals with Hollywood film companies including Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Universal and Lionsgate. The website has also signed deals with Revolver Entertainment, the British studio behind Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon, and Metrodome.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.