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Google announced Monday that it has reached a deal to bring about 600 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film titles, including such classics as Rocky, The Terminator, Hoosiers, Robocop and Rain Man, to the film-rental catalogs of YouTube and Google Play.
Oh, and Hot Tub Time Machine is coming, too.
Ninety-six-year-old MGM has endured a tumultuous existence in recent decades, emerging from bankruptcy with its latest ownership regime in late 2010. But its classic-film library is still valuable in Hollywood, and it fleshes out a YouTube movie-rental catalog that now has titles from almost every significant major and independent studio.
Factoring in a recent agreement with Paramount, Google has signed every major studio to YouTube and Google Play except Fox, and it has also made deals with 10 notable indies, including Lionsgate, Magnolia, Starz and Weinstein.