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Paramount to rent movies through YouTube and Google Play

Google has reached an agreement with Paramount Pictures to rent studio titles including Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Captain America and Hugo through YouTube and Google Play.

With this deal in place, Google now has titles from five of Hollywood’s six major studios — 20th Century Fox is the only major still not inked. Google also has rental agreements in place with mini-major Lionsgate, as well as indie studios The Weinstein Company and Magnolia. Among digital movie rental services, YouTube and Google Play now have the title availability in place to compete with such robustly stocked online shops as Wal Mart’s Vudu and Apple’s iTunes store.

Rentals will be priced at $3.99 for new releases and $2.99 for older titles, with movies ¬†available for viewing for 24 hours after they’re initially rented.