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Say Bye to Google Videos

Monday, April 18, 2011

Google Videos
Google Videos will no longer available to watch since April 29, 2011. Recently Google, the search giant has sent an email to all users who have uploaded one or more video to Google Videos.

Google is motivating all Google Videos users to upload their videos on YouTube. From April 29, 2011 you can no longer watch your video but you can download your video till May 13, 2011. 

Initially Google Videos was launched to answer YouTube on January 25, 2005, but in October 2006 Google has acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion.  On June 13, 2007 Google Videos search results has started showing videos indexed by their crawlers, YouTube and other hosting services.

Google Videos has stopped accepting new video uploads on May 2009. After that all videos are still available and works as search function. Now Google has decided to completely close the Google Videos by deleting all the existing videos. Even Google has not given any direct way to transfer their Video from Google Videos to YouTube, but they are encouraging all users to download their video from Google Video and upload them on YouTube.

Checkout the complete email which Google has sent to Google Video users:

"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."

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