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Google Video Search is a service that allows you to search for  and view videos.

History of Google Video

Originally Google Video was created as a video upload and sharing site to compete with YouTube. It was never a huge hit. Google ended up purchasing YouTube for 1.65 billion dollars, which was their most expensive acquisition at the time and a move that made Google Video redundant. Google maintained both services for a while and even experimented with allowing users to sell videos on Google Video through a DRM protected player. This idea never caught on, and in 2007 Google ended the program and  refunded the purchase price for those who had paid for video downloads. 

It may have been too obscure, or Google might have just been a bit ahead of their time with their streaming video sales model. Rather than completely end Google Video and rely on YouTube for all video products, Google decided to convert Google Video into a video search engine. Any free videos that were previously uploaded remained on the site for a year, and then Google completed the transition from Google Video as a hosting service to Google video as a search service. Google sent video owners a note that said:

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.) 

Current Status of Google Video

Google Video is on the Web at video.google.com, but it's easier to get there by just clicking on the video link within a regular Google search. Google Video suggestions will also appear inline whenever you make a standard Google search query that Google's search algorythm determines might be answered by videos. For instance, searching for "big bang theory" produces results about both astrophysics and inline video results for clips and episodes of Big Bang Theory, the American sitcom starring Jim Parsons.

Google Video results also play a role Google TV, where consumers can search for streaming content to play on their TV. (The networks have mostly decided to block this, but that's another story.)

Savvy searchers who watch most of their videos on a computer can use Google Video's Advanced options to search for shows with closed captioning,  of a specific length, or only "high quality" results. (This means higher video resolutions, not necessarily higher taste.) 

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