YouTube just unveiled its premium content redesign, bringing viewers a motley assortment of TV shows and feature films.
The user-generated-content giant announced the move as it trotted out previously reported content deals with Sony and MGM, as well as a few lesser pacts.
In a week in which YouTube showed its strength and great worth — with the newsmaking videos of the disgusting duo from Domino’s and the delightful spinster singer from Scotland — you hate to see the online video giant lower itself with this stinky serving of Hollywood leftovers.
As anticipated, the TV offerings come on a page called Shows and films can be found under Movies.
Shortly after the redesign went live, the movie page was featuring “Carrie,” “St. Elmo’s Fire
and “Slacker.” Mostly, these are movies you couldn’t sell for a quarter at a flea market. And they have ads.
To view movies with R-rated content, viewers were told to log in via YouTube or Google. Once done, they then were required to link their Yahoo and Google accounts. Yuck and suck. Show of hands, please, for those who need more Google in their lives.
The Shows page had “Married With Children,” the current CBS series “Harper’s Island,” “The Addams Family” and “The Dana Carvey Show.”
YouTube’s move to integrate full-length professional content makes sense for financial and viewership reasons, but to premiere the service with such a half-assed library just screams: “We can’t even begin to compete with Hulu.”