Will YouTube Be the Place to Rent Movies?

YouTube has made a couple of big announcements. First of all, they are going to start renting movies. They are kicking off this initiative by partnering with the Sundance Film Festival, making five films from 2010 and 2009 available for rent for U.S. users. This starts Friday and will run through Sunday January 31.

YouTube To Experiment With Live Sports Coverage

Sorry, American sports fans – there are no signs that YouTube’s working with the NBA, NHL, or MLB.  But reports indicate that YouTube will soon start streaming cricket matches, and even as this should interest a lot of other people in the world, it might also lead to other experiments.

Turkey Blocking More Than 3,000 Websites

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a human rights watchdog, called on Turkey today to reform or abolish its restrictive Internet policy.

"At present, 3,700 Internet sites are blocked in Turkey, including YouTube, GeoCities, and Google sites," said Miklos Haraszti, an OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media.

Barclays Analyst Predicts YouTube Profitability

In a financial sense, Google’s acquisition of YouTube has never made a lot of sense; the site, which sold for $1.65 billion, hasn’t even turned a profit on a quarter-to-quarter basis yet.  But according to a prominent analyst, that’s about to change.

Vevo Attracts 35 Million Visitors In December

Online music video service, Vevo, was the most visited U.S. website in the entertainment-music category in December with more than 35 million unique visitors, according to comScore.

Partners in Vevo include Universal Music Group, Sony Entertainment and investor Abu Dhabi Media Company. The site is powered by YouTube.

Vevo says its top ranking is an achievement because it did not launch until December 8 and it was not live for the full month of December, which comScore bases its results.

Hitwise: Vevo Still Dependent On YouTube

Different opinions exist regarding whether or not Vevo will ever be a big success; on the one hand, it doesn’t offer anything that other video sites don’t.  On the other, well, music labels’ lawyers may work to ensure it’s something special.  But either way, Vevo owes YouTube its life at this early stage.

YouTube: Rush Limbaugh Says Nothing Was Wrong

Rush Limbaugh was released from the hospital today and says doctors found nothing wrong. It makes you wonder if the thousands of hysterical people wishing Rush Limbaugh death on Twitter are feeling a little foolish. Probably not. 🙂

Below is the video of Rush speaking to the press about his good health: