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Google quietly kills paid video service

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Mon August 13, 2007

Google kills pay video

Sidestepping a public announcement, Google has informed customers individually of its decision to stop its paid video services later this week. In its mass e-mail, the company has explained that "to improve all Google services," download-to-own and download-to-rent videos purchased through Google Video will become unavailable as of August 15th. In addition to stopping new purchases, this will disable videos already bought in the past. To compensate Google is providing refunds, plus a $2 bonus to be spent at Google Checkout within the next 60 days.

The service never grabbed the public limelight, having been quickly dwarfed by the company's own YouTube acquisition, and better-publicized competitors such as Amazon Unbox and the Apple iTunes Store. In its last days, clips sold through Google Video became limited to episodes of Charlie Rose. It is unclear whether the decision is directly related Google's increasing involvement with Apple, which has Google co-founder Eric Schmidt on its board of directors, and has integrated YouTube into the iPhone and Apple TV.



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  1. Peter Bonte

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    Refund?

    Google is paying the full amount back to customers?

    That is drastic, must be bad sales, anticipating future problems or both. Or is it just Apple?

  1. randombob

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    yeah, but

    how come no outrage over the effects of DRM'd-to-own videos?

    These people "bought" that stuff, but turns out it's not theirs......

    You'd think this would be a HIGHLY commented topic.

  1. cvbcvb

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    Joined: Nov 2003

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    Google Vid

    I bought a Google Vid of a Charlie Rose show last year. I have it on my mac as a .avi file. What’s stopping me from playing this forever? I see no hinderance of DRM...

    CVB

  1. coldfusion1970

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    drm issue

    I have to say this is the only reason i dont like DRM files.

    I have no qualms about companies needing to protect their work, but if the company goes bust or decides to change tack, then you're screwed.

    Kudos to Google for at least doing right by their customers.

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