Google backpedals: offers Google Videos to YouTube transfer option

By on April 23, 2011, 6:10 PM
After hearing from users that the migration off of Google Videos was unnecessarily difficult, Google has decided to eliminate the April 29, 2011 deadline. Google Videos users can rest assured that they won't be losing any of their content as the company begins to shut down the service.

Last week, Google sent an email to those who had uploaded content to Google Videos, telling them of two new deadlines. After April 29, 2011 they would no longer be able to watch any more videos. They had until May 13, 2011 to download their videos. Google encouraged them to re-upload their videos to YouTube but didn't offer users an option to transfer their videos to a YouTube account.

That changed this week when Google realized users were not happy with this decision. The company has decided to automatically migrate content from Google Videos to YouTube. For those who want to do so themselves, Google is now offering an Upload Videos to YouTube option on the Google Videos status page. To use this function, you'll need to have a YouTube account associated with your Google Videos account.

Google Videos was launched on January 25, 2005, but Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in October 2006. Google announced on June 13, 2007 that Google Videos search results would begin to include videos discovered by their search crawlers on other hosting services, including YouTube. In May 2009, Google Videos stopped accepting uploads. Although previously uploaded videos were still available, the service remained as a video search function, and now the search giant wants to finish the transformation by (eventually) deleting all remaining videos.

"Last week we sent an email to Google Video users letting them know we would be ending playbacks of Google Videos on April 29 and providing instructions on how to download videos currently hosted on the platform," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "Since then we’ve received feedback from you about making the migration off of Google Video easier. We work every day to make sure you have a great user experience and should have done better. Based on your feedback, here’s what we’re doing to fix things."




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spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Great... My vids went from 100K+ views back to zero. There are some facebook groups trying to sue over this. They consider it on par with burning down a public library. It is pretty f'd up of Google to make such a move in the first place.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Why would people want them to run two similar services?

I think, Google realised where they went wrong, listened to what people were saying, and offered them a much fairer way forward, i.e. ability to move/keep their videos.

yRaz yRaz said:

spydercanopus said:

Great... My vids went from 100K+ views back to zero. There are some facebook groups trying to sue over this. They consider it on par with burning down a public library. It is pretty f'd up of Google to make such a move in the first place.

OH NOES, FACEBOOK GROUPS? what ever will we do...How can you even make that comparison? Your comment has literally confused me.

Seriously, what's the big deal? I'm sure A LOT more people use youtube rather than google videos. You should get your views back fairly quickly if your content is worth the time people are going to waste on it. It's more like they are moving the library to one that people use more. And the books that no one likes/reads are going to get burned in the fire.

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