In a post covering the history of YouTube, the increasing lack of distinction between video delivery methods, and the video giant’s investments in original content, Salar Kamangar announced today the imminent availability of YouTube video rentals. The system, which will rely on Google Checkout for payments, was first announced in January.
YT Movies currently features free and ad-supported titles, and starting today, YouTube will be adding around 3,000 rentals (for U.S. viewers) with behind-the-scenes and other bonus materials. YouTube will also continue investing in partner grants, bringing big and medium screen personalities to YT, and the rock star partners that have become household names.
Via YouTube Blog.