In a move that should surprise no one, Google Video hosting is sailing off into the sunset. In a way, it was inevitable. Ever since Google purchased YouTube back in 2006, they haven't really had much need or reason to give attention to Google Video--and users never quite took to it the way the search company probably hoped. And now, in an email to users, Google says the service is shuttering for good in a month.
On May 13, 2011, Google will be removing all video clips hosted by Google Video... permanently. Playback of video ends even earlier than that--April 29. This might matter to you if you're still using it--most of you have moved on to YouTube, Daily Motion, Vimeo, and other services anyway. But even if you don't use it regularly, you might still have videos hosted there that you haven't bothered to re-upload elsewhere. And if that's the case, you should go grab them.
From the email:
"On April 29, 2011, videos that have been uploaded to Google Video will no longer be available for playback. We've added a Download button to the video status page, so you can download any video content you want to save. If you don't want to download your content, you don't need to do anything. (The Download feature will be disabled after May 13, 2011.)"
If you want to download your videos prior to their disappearance, you will need to click the Download Video button on the video's status page. Your downloaded clip will be in the FLV format.
Of course, we're just talking about the hosting portion of Google Video. There will apparently continue to be a Google Video division at the company, which plans to focus on video search technologies.