Friday, April 17, 2009

YouTube adds TV shows and movies to its lineup

YouTube adds a "Shows" button to its main navigation bar, showcasing dozens of officially-licensed TV shows and movies, even if most of them are more than a decade old.

The content from MGM, Sony, CBS, and a few other Hollywood firms comes with advertisements, as you might expect, and most of it seems like deep archive or under-monetized stuff—you get the full runs of The Addams Family and Married with Children, and films like the prom horror classic Carrie and the Mod Squad remake you may or may not recall from 1999.

It has long been rumored that YouTube wants to get away from so much user-generated content and more into mainstream media ala Hulu. Perhaps this is a step.

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