YouTube has relaunched its VOD destination, with more studios onboard since the rental service first debuted at Sundance 2010. The same week, Google’s Android service has also launched a VOD store, ostensibly channeling the same content offering onto its mobile applications. This makes movie rentals available on smartphone and tablet devices outside of the iPhone and iPad ecosystems. Users of Android devices can access an optimized movie storefront, and begin watching films on mobile devices. Here is some info about it, from Home Media Magazine:
A day after announcing it would add 3,000 new movies for rent on YouTube, Google May 10 announced that those same movies and more would be available for rent by owners of the roughly 100 million Android devices in the market… Movies can be rented on a PC, Android-based phone or Android-based tablet.
“You can choose to rent from thousands of movies starting at $1.99 and have them available across your Android devices — rent a movie on your home computer, and it’ll be available for viewing on your tablet or phone,” Hugo Barra, product management director for Android, wrote on Google’s official blog. “You can rent from Android Market on the Web today, and we’ll be rolling out an update to Verizon Xoom customers beginning today. We’ll start rolling out the update to Android 2.2 and above devices in the coming weeks.”