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R.I.P. Google Video

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 17 Apr 2011 13:39 User comments (2)

R.I.P. Google Video Google has sent out emails today letting users of the defunct Google Video service that their videos will soon be gone as the company finally completely shuts down the hosting service.
The search giant asks everyone to move their content over to YouTube, which is also owned by Google.

If you do have content, you may want to go get it quickly as the service shuts down on May 13th.

Copy of the email (via USAT)

Dear Google Video User,

Later this month, hosted video content on Google Video will no longer be available for playback. Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009 and now we're removing the remaining hosted content. We've always maintained that the strength of Google Video is its ability to let people search videos from across the web, regardless of where those videos are hosted. And this move will enable us to focus on developing these technologies further to the benefit of searchers worldwide.

On April 29, 2011, videos that have been uploaded to Google Video will no longer be available for playback. We've added a Download button to the video status page, so you can download any video content you want to save. If you don't want to download your content, you don't need to do anything. (The Download feature will be disabled after May 13, 2011.)

We encourage you to move to your content to YouTube if you haven't done so already. YouTube offers many video hosting options including the ability to share your videos privately or in an unlisted manner. To learn more go here.

Here's how to download your videos:
Go to the Video Status page.To download a video to your computer, click the Download Video link located on the right side of each of your videos in the Actions column.

Once a video has been downloaded, "Already Downloaded" will appear next to the Download Video link.
If you have many videos on Google Video, you may need to use the paging controls located on the bottom right of the page to access them all.

Please note: This download option will be available through May 13, 2011.

Thank you for being a Google Video user.

Sincerely,
The Google Video Team

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2 user comments

117.4.2011 19:00
lissenup3
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Is it a coincidence that Google buys Youtube right around the same time that they tried to bring Google Video to light?? I think not.

They wanted a video service and bought Youtube with the whole-hearted intentions of making THAT Google Video but it didn't take. When 1 idea didn't work..............then just buy out the impeding factor. PEOPLE - THIS IS HOW MEDIOCRITY BECOMES A STANDARD AS A DIRECT RESULT IN THE ELIMINATION OF COMPETITION, WHICH IN TURN CREATES A SYSTEM OF 'UNCHECKS AND IMBALANCES' American business at its finest. F that!

21.5.2011 14:07

Originally posted by lissenup3:
Is it a coincidence that Google buys Youtube right around the same time that they tried to bring Google Video to light?? I think not.

They wanted a video service and bought Youtube with the whole-hearted intentions of making THAT Google Video but it didn't take. When 1 idea didn't work..............then just buy out the impeding factor. PEOPLE - THIS IS HOW MEDIOCRITY BECOMES A STANDARD AS A DIRECT RESULT IN THE ELIMINATION OF COMPETITION, WHICH IN TURN CREATES A SYSTEM OF 'UNCHECKS AND IMBALANCES' American business at its finest. F that!
Eh, its true but thats just how it works in the real world!! Thus Google remain internet gurus!!

I will miss Google video though. So many interesting documentaries over the year that I could never find anywhere else like Ghost on the London Underground, and Russell Peters' shows! Definately something I will miss!!!
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