Unfortunately, big movie studio are still stuck in their old (albeit lucrative) habits of keeping their movies locked into existing release cycles, which means they never (officially) wind up on Youtube.
Paramount Pictures has bucked this trend by creating The Paramount Vault, where you’ll find hundreds upon hundreds of full length films created by the studio. While none of them are brand new, you can still catch the odd classic – and Masters of the Universe – without having to pay for it.
In addition to the full movies there are clips that you can browse through and watch when you’re not in the mood for a 90 minute video.
Sounds great right? A little too good to be true? Well it isn’t, it all works as expected, provided you’re in the US. Ah yes, the hated region-based-copyright laws have struck again. If you’re reading this from South Africa and you try to load one of the movies, you’ll be greeted by this:
Now, all hope is not lost. If you have a way to trick the servers into thinking you’re in the US with, say, a virtual private network (VPN), you can watch the movies on the channel.
While this is frustrating, and the movies currently on offer aren’t exactly pure gold, this is a big step forward for the movie industry. In this situation, with older movies that would make very little money for Paramount via DVD sales, Youtube may prove to be far more profitable. In return, watchers get access to these movies with the price of admission only being an advert or two. Everyone wins! Well, for those you can access the movies.
Hopefully The Paramount Vault takes off and becomes an example for other studios to follow.