Google Launches 'Video Search' Feature

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Friday, July 01, 2005
Google Launches 'Video Search' Feature

One can't help but think that "lights, camera, and action" is this month's theme for our Internet search engines. Following Yahoo!'s lead, Google has just announced it's newest search feature, a premiere web-based video search service.

What is Video Search

Google has given its users the option of searching video content directly from the company's indexed video database and while using the same keywords used for other types of search. This new search function will complement Google's existing beta version, which currently people search, but not yet play back, the closed-caption text of television shows from PBS, CNN and others that Google has hosted.

Google Video is currently only available in English (IE ver. 5 and higher and Firefox) and will require that users download the "Google Video Viewer," a tool needed in order to watch an entire video piece or a section of a movie relating to their search keywords.

My Thoughts

Obvious this is another step in the search giant's expansion into more comprehensive media services. As it stands now, Google is the only search provider that has all the pieces to bring movies on demand via Internet to the masses. Furthermore, you could bet your bottom dollar that at some point real soon Google will discover a system where they will be able to charge per-view or subscription fees, as well as insert ads into the video stream.


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