Update on Google Closing Down Google Video
Article by George Norman
On 27 Apr 2011
Before the Easter holiday we were reporting that Mountain View-based search engine giant Google decided to shut down Google Video. The news at the time was that videos would no longer available for playback on Google video starting with the 13th of May. And that users have until the 27th of May to either download their videos off Google Video or migrate them to YouTube, the incredibly popular video sharing site that’s owned by Google.

Here’s the update: Google has decide to postpone the closure of Google Video after it received some complaints from users who were unable to migrate their videos to YouTube. Google Video will continue to live on while Google is working on a new tool to allow users to migrate their videos to YouTube.

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The help article that stated video playback would cease on May 13th and that after May 27th users would no longer be able to download or migrate their videos has been updated. It no longer contains any time references and it no longer mentions the “Migrate to YouTube” link. It only says that a “Download” link has been added to let users download their videos off Google Video and that a "Upload Videos to YouTube" option has been added on the Video Status page.

Mark Dochtermann, Engineering Manager, explained that Google is now working on automatically migrating Google Videos to YouTube and that in the meantime users’ videos will remain accessible on the web and existing links to Google Videos will remain accessible.

In related YouTube news, two days from now, on the 29th of April, Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton will be wed at Westminster Abbey. This is YouTube-related news because the wedding will be streamed live on YouTube on the official channel of the Royal Household (link to the channel).

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