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Full length feature films to hit Youtube next month

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Posted November 7, 2008 by admin in Internet

For months, Google, YouTube’s parent company, has been talking to the major film companies about launching an ad-supported, streaming movie service, two execs with knowledge of the negotiations told CNET News. “It’s not imminent,” said one of the executives. “But it’s going to happen. I would say you can expect to see it, if all goes well, sometime within the next 30 to 90 days.”

To be sure, not all the studios are prepared to give YouTube full-length movies. Canadian film company Lionsgate agreed in July to give YouTube access to only short movie clips. At least one other studio is trying to cut a similar deal for short-form content with Google, said a separate high-level industry insider.

There’s skepticism in some circles about whether enough ads can be placed into a streaming movie to make it profitable without also overloading viewers with commercials. Another sticking point with some of the film companies is Google’s insistence on using a specific ad format for feature films, according to two studio sources. They declined to specify which ad unit Google prefers–whether it’s prerolls or postrolls or something else–but said some of the studios want the final say on how to advertise to viewers.

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