Last week Google announced that they were shutting down Google Video and that users had until April 29th (this coming Friday) to download their content if they wanted to keep it. I think I joked to Mark at the time, that, "if there are any Google Video users left, they might want to know about this." But lo and behold... there are Google Video users. And they weren't the least bit happy with Google's big shutdown announcement.

After enough angry users let Google Video know their true feelings, it seems the company has had a change of heart. In a new blog post, Google announces some important changes to the Google Video phase-out plan:

Deadline Removed

Users no longer have to have their videos downloaded by April 29th. There has been a stay in the execution plans. Though there is no indication of a new deadline, one assumes there will still be an end-date down the road. But bottom line... users clearly didn't think Google gave them enough time, and so now they'll have more.

Migrate To YouTube

In the original announcement, Google talked about the "download" button they'd created to help users retain a copy of all uploaded clips. They also encouraged users to move to YouTube as their new platform.

Now, however, they've made an even more direct link to YouTube. There is now an "Upload Videos to YouTube" option in your Google Video status page. You will need to already have a YouTube account in place--and it must be linked to your Google Video account.

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Instead of downloading from Google Video and then re-uploading to YouTube, users can now just click this handy button once and the rest is automated. That's a really nice touch.

Users are still able to simply download the videos, should they intend to host at a non-YouTube platform moving forward (or if they just want to keep a copy).


I'm surprised--bordering on shocked, really--that there were enough active Google Video users remaining to raise a big enough stink to get the deadline extended. I truly don't know anyone who uses Google Video as a hosting option. And yet, those people must be out there, because Google's not known for changing deadlines and plans just for the heck of it.

As for the easy migrate-to-YouTube button, I'm a little surprised they didn't offer that right from the start--or anytime over the last three years as a means of encouraging users to move platforms sooner.

Do you have any videos left on Google Video? If so, is the deadline extension good news?

  • Susanna Jemison

    I think it stinks! I've been using Google video chat and voice for 2 years now, surely they can find other ways to cut services, and leave Google video chat and e-mail alone.

  • tvnewswatch

    Also happy at Google making the decision to make the simple upload to YouTube facility available. I had only around twenty videos clips on Google Video, uploaded before Google bought up YouTube, but because of the time constraints involved had not transferred them to YouTube in the past. In some ways Google Video was better, cleaner and had some functionality which YouTube did not, such as an increased upload length. The decision came as a shock, given it was received while in China, and where Internet access can only be made to either service through a VPN. As such downloading and uploading again would have been extremely time consuming since a VPN often reduces traffic speed. By providing a simple button, the transfer was fairly painless, though tagging and captioning had to be redone. Some followers of my stream may also be somewhat confused at the uploads being several years out of date. Nonetheless, Google have listened, and that is great.

  • John Wetmore

    I had 150 episodes of my series "Perils For Pedestrians" on Google Video before they stopped taking uploads in 2009. They are evergreen, and people still watch them. I started putting new episodes on Blip TV in 2009, and was slowly uploading the old ones to Blip so people could find them all in one place. After the initial announcement, I started an intense effort to get the rest of the 150 older episodes uploaded to Blip, which involved recompressing
    them to have MP4s available for iTunes. I also started an intensive effort to track down links to the Google Videos and ask web managers and bloggers to change them to the Blip location. I was very glad to get some extra time.

    If Google will allow 28-minute videos to migrate to YouTube, and they make it easy, I will have the entire series available both at YouTube and at Blip. I'm waiting a few days for them to get the bugs out.

  • Ronnie Bincer

    Jeremy... I am as shocked as you that there are apparently many Google Video users still out there! Unless your videos were uploaded there quite a while ago, even if you wanted to, you could not upload any videos to Google Video for the past few years.

    So like you, I am a bit surprised that there was/is enough push-back for Google to modify their phase out plans. Plus I agree having the "Upload to YouTube" button is a great idea and should have been implemented a while ago... probably just to many things to do and not enough resources to get 'er all done.

  • George Alger

    Although I have not used Google Video for a few years since I moved on to other hosting platforms, I still have videos that are hosted on GV that are getting regularly views on the web pages the videos are embedded on. Hence, I'm glad Google had a change of heart re their hosting deadline.