This doesn’t come as a surprise considering Google own’s YouTube, but Google has decided to shut down it’s Google Video service. Google launched Google Video in 2005 and subsequently purchased YouTube in 2006.
As PCMag reports, you might want to save your uploaded videos from Google Video as Google plans on closing that service for good.
From what we see in statistics, YouTube is the number one online video content service with about 144 million unique viewers per month.
in an email to Google Video users, Google emphasized the closure of its Video service. “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.”
Google also urged its users to download their videos from Google Video and upload them to YouTube instead. “We encourage you to move 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.”
Videos on Google Video will no longer be available for playback beginning April 29th. Google added a download button so users can save their videos and migrate them to Youtube. That button will be removed after May 13th.