Warner Bros. beefs up rentals on Facebook with five big-budget titles

Summary:Earlier this month, Warner Bros. announced that it was teaming up with Facebook for online streaming rentals. The selection has gotten (slightly) bigger with five additional blockbusters.

Earlier this month, Warner Bros. announced that it was teaming up with Facebook for online streaming rentals. The selection has gotten (slightly) bigger with five additional blockbusters.

At least three of the five titles are sure to please: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Inception. I don't know if the same can be said about Life as We Know It and Yogi Bear, but someone must have liked these movies.

(Seriously, is there anywhere you can't watch Inception now? It's already pre-loaded on the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and who knows what else.) In case you've forgotten, the test offering was The Dark Knight.

These motion pictures will be available to stream on Facebook starting today at 10:00 PM PT/1:00 AM ET. Facebook users have up to 48 hours from purchase time to watch the movie.

There have been some rumblings about Facebook's rental service, and not everyone is convinced (to say the least) that such a feature will take off. With such a small library of films (some of which aren't even recent releases), Facebook Movies don't prove to be a threat to Netflix or Hulu Plus in the slightest. Furthermore, there are about a bazillion ways to access Netflix, Hulu Plus and even Vudu, thanks to apps on Internet-connected TVs, gaming consoles and set-top boxes.

Still, we all know there are some people who can't turn away from Facebook, so maybe this is the option for them.

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