Google to Stop Selling TV Downloads

According to an email sent to customers yesterday, Google will stop offering download-to-own and download-to-rent programs Aug. 15, a service which the search company has been offering since January of 2006. The move shows that Google has had less success than preferred in selling content, deriving 99% of its video revenue from free, ad-supported media. "The current change is a reaffirmation of our commitment to building our ad-supported monetization models for video," Google spokesman Gabriel Stricker said in an e-mail.

For purchases made before July 18, customers will be given bonuses on Google Checkout, allowing them to buy products on other Web sites, Stricker said. A cash refund will be given for purchases made after that date. The amount of the refunds is "not material" to earnings, Stricker said. Google's purchase of YouTube nine months ago catapulted Google's video traffic from seventh to first place.

View: Full Story on SiliconValley.com


Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Vista SP1 Analysed in Depth

Next Story

Avatar-on-Avatar Legal Action in Second Life

6 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

If google had listened they would have discovered from the beginning that this was a mistake. their videos were protected with DRM, a technology that all too many of us steer clear from. I certainly didn't want to hassle with DRM and millions of others didn't want to either.

Yet another reinforcement of NEVER BUY ANYTHING WITH DRM. You can find the agreement under which you originally purchased it revoked at any time. It's like buying a book that can undergo spontaneous combustion at the push of a publisher's button. Hopefully, if you have purchased anything, you were intelligent enough to strip the DRM, despite the fact that might be illegal, it's the only way you have of enforcing the agreement under which you purcased the content.

Not a fan of Google video. I just don't like the layout. I don't like how I can't scroll down past the video. How it tries to fill up half the screen.
As for the selling of TV content, last I checked it was mostly stuff had no interest in and there was no easy way to navigate it.

roxics said,
Not a fan of Google video. I just don't like the layout. I don't like how I can't scroll down past the video. How it tries to fill up half the screen.
As for the selling of TV content, last I checked it was mostly stuff had no interest in and there was no easy way to navigate it.

I feel the opposite way, the youtube video window is wayy too small.

I use the "youtube googler" script/user style to fix that, I'm not sure if theres a google youtubler though