Google Video prepares to shutter down

By on April 18, 2011
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Well, about time.

Remember Google Video? That clunky, slow and crappy video service that failed to capture market share over YouTube’s exploding craze? Yeah, that one – it’s closing down soon. Forever. Yes, we know it was shut down in 2009, but this time it will be a complete burial.

Google sent out emails to users who have previously uploaded to Google Video, informing them that from April 29, 2011, the site will no longer host any videos and will be purged from existence. Users are suggested to re-upload their videos on YouTube instead.

Google Video was launched in 2005, and while it wasn’t a particularly interesting service then, it soon stood no chance against the tremendous success that followed YouTube. Google finally ended up buying its competition, because in the corporate world, if you can’t beat them, buy them.

The email is attached below (thanks TechCrunch):

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.


The Google Video Team


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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