Fear Not Google Video Users, Just Migrate to YouTube

May 13th is the deadline for Google Videos and the service will be pulled off after that. Google had also made it clear that it will end all playback services of videos from April 29th which will mark the first phase of the shutdown. Though now, Google is taking a more lenient step and has issued fresh statements.


Today, Google has reassured all users about the content on Google Videos, promising that the videos can be moved safely to YouTube. However, users can still very much access those videos from the same Google Videos URL. Yes, you read correct. Google Videos is not shutting down completely, and videos will still be accessible.

Google has issued a statement on this whole migration process saying,

Google Video users can rest assured that they won’t be losing any of their content and we are eliminating the April 29 deadline. We will be working to automatically migrate your Google Videos to YouTube. In the meantime, your videos hosted on Google Video will remain accessible on the web and existing links to Google Videos will remain accessible. If you want to migrate to YouTube now, here’s how you do it:
We’ve created an Upload Videos to YouTubeoption on the Google Video status page. To do this, you’ll need to have a YouTube account associated with your Google Video account (you can create one here). Before doing this you should read YouTube’s Terms of Use and Copyright Policies. If you choose this option, we’ll do our best to ensure your existing Google Video links continue to function.

Alternatively, the videos are also available for download. This move earns Google some love from Google video users as Google respects video content people have created over years. The extended migration to YouTube will save people from crumbling under bandwidth limits from ISPs.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.