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We knew that video rentals were coming to YouTube at some point. Back in September, we reported that YouTube was chatting with movie studios about renting films. Now it seems they’re going to dabble in renting some independent films before they move on to big studio fair. On their blog today, YouTube announced that they will be making five Sundance 2009 and 2010 films films available for rent from this Friday until Sunday, January 31.

The films include the much-praised doc The Cove, One Too Many Mornings, Homewrecker, Children of Invention, and Bass Ackwards. YouTube also mentioned that rental videos from industries like health and education, as well as more independent films, will be made available in the coming weeks.

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Youtube In Talks with Movie Studios to Rent Movies

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Youtube is in discussions with major movie studios about the possibility of renting movies through its online streaming video service. Youtube’s capacity to be a profitable enterprise has long been a source of much debate. With this success of services like Hulu, which is currently able to command top dollar for its ads, Youtube is clearly trying to expand its monetization options by exploring premium content.  The WSJ story is hazy on the details, since talks are still ongoing and could easily fall apart, but hit the jump for what we do know.

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Following up on our previous news regarding Monty Python material on iTunes, Mashable is now reporting on a staggering increase of Monty Python DVDs sold on Amazon soon after the Python crew made some of their their more popular material free on Youtube. And by staggering, I mean 23,000% worth. Mashable notes that Monty Python’s DVDs climbed to the #2 spot on Amazon’s Movie’s and TV Bestseller List, and you don’t have to be a genius to follow that the sales were probably influenced by the Amazon links found on all of their Youtube clips.

When launching their massive Youtube effort, Monty Python made their intentions fairly clear:

“We’re letting you see absolutely everything for free. So there! But we want something in return. None of your driveling, mindless comments. Instead, we want you to click on the links, buy our movies & TV shows and soften our pain and disgust at being ripped off all these years.”

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