Rumor Puts Google In Pursuit Of Miramax Movies

Purchase of digital rights would greatly improve YouTube selection

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YouTube’s selection of movies has been largely awful to date, both in terms of size and quality.  That may soon change in a big way, though, as a new report puts Google in discussions to buy the digital rights to over 700 Miramax films.

Claire Atkinson wrote, "Google is in talks with Filmyard Holdings, the soon-to-be owners of famed film studio Miramax, about a potential deal to gain digital rights to Miramax’s archives, according to people close to the situation."

Atkinson then continued, "Sources said Google is eyeing the film rights to bolster its efforts to turn YouTube into a Web destination for longer form content, although Google may have to do battle with Netflix, which has also shown an interest in Miramax’s film library."

Whoever wins will get an impressive prize.  Miramax is an important name in the entertainment industry, with ties to movies like City of Men, Garden State, Heavenly Creatures, and Pulp Fiction.  Movies that people want to watch over and over, in other words, versus abominations like Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned – something YouTube currently offers – that shouldn’t be viewed even once.

We’ll see what happens.  Unfortunately, it’s hard to say when any deal could be sealed, as the acquisition of Miramax by Filmyard Holdings is still itself underway at this point.

Rumor Puts Google In Pursuit Of Miramax Movies
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  • Daz

    Yes You Are Very Right … You Tube Is Very ~~~~ A Best These Days

    But Geting Back To This Rights Thing .. If I Was Google A Would Put Out A Tender .. And Save My Money … If I Owned YouTube A Would Let Members By Rights To Display There Clips Moves Songs Ect … Like We All Thought Previous Discustions About Rights Ect Last Year

    Now Am No Buff .. But I Now Record Lables Ect Are Finding Time Hard And I Now A Would Pay The Cost Of A Single To Put On My Wall

    Youtube Need To Do It B4 FaceBook Do

  • http://www.tomorrowwhenthewarbeganmovie.com Vonny

    That would be great if they got the digital rights to 700 Miramax films….as you say, selection of movies YouTube have on offer at the moment leaves a lot to be desired….

  • Guest

    Great more *censorship* for the United States from Google/YouTube, I assure you Google is a sheep in wolfs clothing, Moramax deals in foreign film and that would be who this is for the *foreigners* I would guess with the latest http://www.youtube.com/mlbglobal there is at least over 100,000 blocked videos on youtube for the United States and NO they’re not supposed to be blocking the US

  • http://www.deanflory.com/ Dean

    I’ll stick to Hulu & Netflix, no time or money for more (not doing Hulu Plus either).

    Netflix just announced an increase in rates, so that should take care of Miramax movies. I think it would be a bad move for anyone else (ahem Blockbuster, Google) to really try to be another Hulu or Netflix, just thins out the point of having a playlist.

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