Whether they come from home-movie buffs or Hollywood producers, Google wants to collect digital video files in order to push its video-search service beyond broadcast television. Diverging from the video-search approaches of its competitors, Google Inc. on Wednesday began accepting video uploads directly from content owners. While none of the submissions will be immediately available in the Google Video service, Google officials confirmed that they plan to eventually let users search, preview, download and play the submitted video files.
Google co-founder Larry Page previewed the video submission program last week during a talk at the 2005 National Show, a cable industry trade show held in San Francisco. Google Video launched in January. So far, the beta service has focused on indexing the closed-captioning content and metadata from select broadcast television programs.
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News source: eWeek