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YouTube finally brings full-length films to the U.K.

The service will allow U.K. customers to rent over 1,000 full-length films from the video service.

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Movie rentals on YouTube in the U.S.
Movie rentals on YouTube in the U.S. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

YouTube users in the U.K. can now rent feature films on the video service.

The movie-rental service boasts more than 1,000 films from both Hollywood and British studios, YouTube said in a blog post today announcing the launch, including "The Dark Knight" and "Reservoir Dogs," as well as Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life."

Film rentals have taken a long time to make their way across the pond. In May, YouTube announced the availability of major movie rentals in the U.S. Last month, the company rolled it out to users in Canada.

In order to get a film from YouTube, users first need to go to the site's special Movies page. From there, they can pick a film, view reviews, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes, and see who is in the cast. When they decide to purchase a film, they have 30 days to start watching it. Once started, users must finish the movie within 48 hours, or it will be lost.

In the U.S., YouTube offers both free and paid movies. New releases typically set customers back $3.99, but older firms, like "Batman Begins" and "Back to the Future," can be rented for $2.99.

For U.K. customers looking to do more than just watch films, YouTube has a solution. The company said today that many of its movie pages came with additional content, including behind-the-scenes videos, cast interviews, and parodies. It plans to bring more content to the service over time.