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The Good Clean interface; mixed selection of free videos and feature films that can be purchased or rented, including content from Usenet groups; automatic formatting for iPod and Sony PSP on free videos.

The Bad Both free and premium content libraries not as deep as other sites'; not all movies available for both rental and purchase.

The Bottom Line Guba.com has a fine interface, nifty features, and a hybrid video store that includes free and premium titles, but it could use more content.

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Editors' note: Guba has just signed a distribution deal with Sony Pictures. Adding 100 of the studio's feature films (available 7/12/06) to the Guba premium lineup is definitely an improvement for this fledgling service. (7/11/06)

Take the homemade and user-driven sensibilities of a YouTube and add the feature-film pedigree of a Movielink, and you have Guba.com.

Launched way back in 1998, Guba has evolved from a subscription-based media portal for Usenet users (often associated with Usenet-based porn) into a squeaky-clean hybrid store that offers both free videos and pay-per-download feature films. Recently, Guba got a boost when it started offering titles for purchase or rental from Warner Brothers. You can buy new feature films for $19.99, while older films cost $9.99. A 24-hour rental costs $1.79 and up. Though free videos can be viewed on virtually any modern computer, premium content can be viewed only on a Windows machine (more FAQs here).

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