YouTube Quietly Adds Movie and TV Show Rentals From 99 Cents

After tinkering with movie rentals in January, YouTube's added a bunch of movies and TV episodes you actually want to see. We're not just talking art-house Sundance Film Festival flicks—now, you can get a bit of anime too.

There's still nothing particularly mainstream on the YouTube store, with indie films, Bollywood stuff and documentaries mostly on offer, viewable for 48 hours after renting. They cost between 99 cents and $4, with payments made via Google Check-Out.

It's a worthy competitor to iTunes and the various gaming consoles that offer downloads, but I think it's obvious to all that YouTube still needs to strike some deals with movie studios to get some decent stuff up on the site. What happened to the WSJ's reports last year that Lion's Gate, Sony and Warner Bros were in negotiations with Google, eh? [ReadWriteWeb via TechRadar]