Google started out Google Video with the intent of getting into the video business. However, they bought out YouTube for more than a billion and everything changed for good.
Today, YouTube accounts for a good chunk of Google revenues and attracts more than 2 billion video views per day. Now, that YouTube is Google’s main video business, Google Video is definitely not something they would want to continue developing. And that is exactly what Google thought too, because they will be shutting down Google Video on May 13, 2011.
In an email sent out to Google Video users, Google has detailed their intention, read the entire email below.
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 Downloadedwill 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
Google will basically stop playback for hosted content on April 29, 2011. However, you can still download the videos you uploaded till May 13, 2011. Google Video will not completely shut down and will continue to focus on being a video search engine for all the videos hosted on the Internet, including those from YouTube too.
So if you have uploaded any videos to Google Videos, go ahead and download them and move them to another video service like YouTube.