Despite ongoing legal action between parent companies Viacom and Google over an alleged piracy incident stemming back to 2006, the companies said YouTube would make close to 500 titles available online.
Paramount becomes the fifth US major to sign a deal with YouTube and Fox remains the only one not to commit to an agreement at this stage.
The package includes Martin Scorsese’s Oscar winner Hugo, Michael Bay’s Transformers and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy. Paramount films will be available on YouTube Rentals and Google Play.
“Paramount Pictures is one of the biggest movies studios on the planet,” director of content partnerships at YouTube Malik Ducard, said. “We’re thrilled to bring nearly 500 of their films to movie fans in the US and Canada on YouTube and Google Play.”
YouTube’s catalogue is believed to number close to 9,000 titles.