Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Google Video

Kashar reported Google Inc. plans to put out a call for personal video clips co-founder Larry Page told a conference in San Francisco that the company would be archiving people's video clips, starting in the next few days. The move to let people upload video to Google's servers comes as the firm trials a video search service.

Google Video provides transcripts of TV clips and links to downloadable content, where it is available. Google's interest in blogging - web logging - stems back to 2003 when it bought popular blog site, Blogger.com [host of this blog]

People can't yet watch those videos directly from Google's site. Rather, consumers can search on a term find the TV shows in which it was mentioned, a still image of the video and closed-captioned text of that particular segment of the program.

Google said it expects to add video playback down the road, after ironing out the complexities of broadcasting rights and business models with various content owners. Google video plans come amid growing interest in convergence of television and the web.

ZDNet blogs I asked Page about how Google would deal with porn and other unsavory submissions. He said that there are "tons of issues, but we have found in experimenting not to try to have too many barriers. It's hard to predict what will happen, but we have done this ten times and we figure out ways to make it work.".... It's not hard to imaging Google building out its infrastructure to allow for billing applications, such as micropayments, so that the millions of directors, authors and talkers can get paid if they choose, and even a DVR hosting service to along with Gmail and other Google apps. It's safe to say the the cable industry just looks like fat pipes and content to Google, and everything else is fair game...

Dave Winer blogged It would be great if they offered free storage and bandwidth for audio as well

Dan Gillmor blogged Google is aiming to be everyone's storehouse of data and knowledge. Who'll own it, or at least control it, over the long term? Not a trivial question.

Dan Gillmor raises a very valid question.

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