Google is Finally Closing Google Video

Posted In Google - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Saturday, April 16th, 2011 With 0 Comments

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Google has finally decided to close down their Google Video service.

Having bought YouTube couple of years ago, many of us have always been wondering, why Google is running two equivalent services; YouTube and Google Video. Although Google has never promoted Google Video service as such but they never closed it down too.

But it’s never too late. They are now closing it for ever.

According to recent development, Videos uploaded to Google Video will no longer be available for playback from 29th April 2011 and the content will be removed 13th May 2011 onwards.

They also suggested users to download all videos from Google video and upload them to YouTube ourselves.

I would have personally loved if Google has given the option to directly migrate all videos to YouTube without us having to download and upload manually.

Here’s how you can download, login to your Google Video account and download your videos.

Here’s what Google communicates:

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.)

Here’s how to download your videos:

  1. Go to the Video Status page.
  2. 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.