Disney classics to go on YouTube
Published 25/11/2011 | 10:02
Disney films are to be made available to watch on YouTube.
Titles from the studio, subsidiary Pixar and other studios such as DreamWorks are to go online as part of the video-sharing website's new rental service.
Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides and Cars 2 will be among the films initially available.
Later, classsics such as Snow White are expected to be added to the catalogue available online, the Guardian reported.
Thousands of other films are already available on YouTube, acccording to spokeswoman Minjae Ormes.
She wrote on the YouTube blog: "Even more of the great Disney classics and new releases will be added in weeks to come, including our YouTube Movie Extras with behind-the-scenes clips, interviews and more."
The company, bought by Google in 2006 for $1.65bn, launched its film rental site in May and is jointly launching a new "family-friendly" online channel with Disney next year.
YouTube's rental service will see it compete in the UK with LoveFilm's streaming service - which has already struck a deal to show Disney films - and US giant Netflix, which is launching in the UK and Ireland next year.
The main site is viewed three billion times a day and is already the top destination for hosting amateur video.
Its new move is part of a bid to lead the paid-for video market.