As part of its ongoing push to put together a film-rental business, music service and eBook store under the Google Play banner, Google has inked a deal with MGM to bring 600 film titles into the cross-platform digital storefront, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The movies will be available in the U.S. and Canada via Google’s YouTube and on Android platforms, among other outlets.
On the company blog yesterday, Google announced: “Thanks to MGM, you’ll be able to join in this trend and grab its movies online and on the go. From timeless love stories like ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Moonstruck,’ to sci-fi action films like ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Robocop,’ to modern classics like ‘Rain Man’ and ‘Rocky,’ you can now rediscover MGM’s movie-making magic on Google Play and YouTube.”
The initiative has its sights set on competitors with similar services, such as iTunes. Google Play has previously made rental deals with Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures.
The story reports: “While MGM joins a roster of five major studios and 10 independent film firms, 20th Century Fox remains the only major studio that has yet to license pics to Google. News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has been a very vocal critic of Google’s efforts to block links to pirated content via its search engine.”