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Google Video shutdown halted following user complaints

Google has today made a decision to postpone the closure of their Google Video service, following a number of complaints by users about the apparent inability to export the videos to YouTube.

The company has announced that following on from the closure notice sent out to the remaining users last week, the service will continue to live on while a new tool to allow users to easily export their videos to YouTube is rolled out.

While the service -- which was due to close completely on April 29 -- no longer allows users to upload new videos (and hasn't for nearly two years) it has continued to display previously uploaded ones following on from a promise from Google when the service was shuttered after the company's acquisition of YouTube.

"Google Video users can rest assured that they won't be losing any of their content and we are eliminating the April 29 deadline," Mark Dochtermann, an engineering manager at Google wrote today on the YouTube blog.

"We will be working to automatically migrate your Google Videos to YouTube. In the meantime, your videos hosted on Google Video will remain accessible on the web and existing links to Google Videos will remain accessible."

Users can now choose to export their videos to a YouTube account (if one is linked to their Google account) or download a copy of the video onto their computer as was previously possible.

Finally in a bid to ensure videos -- some of which may have been linked to multiple times across the web -- are still accessible at their old addresses, Google is working on letting the links direct to the YouTube copy, if the user chooses to export the video there.

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