Google is reportedly preparing a movie rental service for YouTube, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The service â€" which would compete with online rental firms like Apple, Amazon and Netflix â€" is pending closed testing among 10,000 employees. The pilot shall last three months and is currently awaiting the completion of negotiations with Warner Bros., Sony Corp. and Lions Gate Entertainment before kick-off.
Rentals will likely cost $3.99 per film, with studios getting a 70% cut. YouTube will host the titles on the same day as their DVD releases.