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Google is reportedly planning to launch an unlimited movie subscription service in the UK.

The company is still searching for ways to make money out of its online video-sharing website YouTube, which – despite various content deals with big name record companies – remains something of a pet project at Mountain View.

According to the New York Post, Google is looking to offer a service similar to that provided by US-based Netflix and Amazon, which has been fiddling with its own film streaming service, after buying LoveFilm in January this year.

The YouTube brand will be wrapped around the UK launch of Google's own movie subscription service. If successful this will expand into Europe and the US, said New York Post, which cited execs briefed on the proposal.

Google is understood to have set aside $100m for deals with Hollywood studios and other content providers to get the service off the ground.

The Register has asked Google to comment on the story, but hadn't heard back at time of writing. ®

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