According to the Los Angeles Times
, the new owners of Miramax are looking at possibly bringing the company's film library to YouTube for online distribution.
The Miramax catalog, which includes such well-known titles as "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love," will likely be available on Google's YouTube video site as well as through its Google TV Internet software for televisions. Users might be able to watch the films for free with advertising or pay to rent or purchase them.
This sounds like it could be a genuine forward leap in Google's desire to compete with other online video distributors if it comes to fruition. The article also points out that previous Miramax deals with cable networks like Starz could complicate an arrangement with YouTube, so it would be a major coup for YouTube to enter paid streaming if they were able to wrangle the rights for a major film like Pulp Fiction