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YouTube to team with Hollywood movie giants for premium streaming service

Reported deals between Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and Universal with online video force YouTube will set the stage for streaming Hollywood movies such as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” via the Google-owned service.

Initially suggested back in February, YouTube were said to be planning a “premium” streaming movie service and up until now a slightly lacklustre version of that has existed, providing a number of forgotten titles and no-budget releases available free of charge (“Zombie Wars” anyone?).

Google joining up with top movie titans will mean real up to date blockbusters are coming to your desktop or YouTube-enabled gadget in a service akin to Lovefilm and Netflix.

No details on what playback quality will be like when the service finally drops but the lucrative partnerships are sure to provide a greater selection of films, hopefully a boost in standards and with the massive investments in original programming this will bring greater legitimacy to YouTube – formerly just an online clip site known for featuring a load of silly stunts!

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