Rumours of YouTube inking a deal with Sony Pictures last week have turned out to be true. The first Sony Pictures channel featuring full feature length films and TV shows is live on YouTube now, albeit with one mighty big catch.
Google, which owns YouTube, just announced it’s signed deals with 12 new content partners to stream TV shows and movies on the site, and the first are filtering through already.
Head on over to YouTube and you’ll now find a Shows page listing all the new, legal content. The shows on offer range from web TV shows made by Sony’s online studio, Crackle, to films including Cliffhanger and The Blue Lagoon. OK, so they’re not the newest titles, but it’s a start: what we’re most impressed with are the thirty full episodes of Dilbert ready to be streamed for free. It’s a geek’s paradise.
Choice is still limited, but it’s a sure sign of YouTube’s hopes for the future. In the meantime, there’s still BBC iPlayer HD to keep ourselves busy. And that’s lucky, since as we predicted, the YouTube deal is US only for the moment.