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Google to sell video content online

updated 03:20 pm EST, Thu January 5, 2006

Google to sell videos

Google is expected to announce , and will soon allow users to purchase videos from content partners in direct competition with Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Wall Street Journal reports that the search giant will unveil the plan at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Friday, in Las Vegas. Google will likely reveal partnerships with CBS and the National Basketball Association (NBA), allowing customers to purchase television shows and other video content that can be downloaded onto PCs. Additionally, Google plans to introduce a software package dubbed "Google Pack" with offerings from Google and other companies, according to the report.

by MacNN Staff





  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well, who isn't going to offer video and music content these days. It's going to get crazy. I wonder Apple can partner with all the content providers or do consumers have to sign on with multiple services to see the shows they want.

    Example: I want to download a show on NBC but in a few months NBC signs an exclusive partnership with MS since they're MSNBC partners. Google gets exclusive rights to NBA content, etc.

    Honestly, I don't know why pay to download is where it's going. Well, of course there is the revenue for the content providers but I never liked pay per view on cable.

    This is why Tivo rocked. I'll Tivo any show I want and watch it on my home theater or transfer it to my iPod (except for us Mac users). All I'm really looking forward to from Apple as far as a media center computer is to have the DVR functionality and ease of use of Tivo but be much more Mac friendly (Tivo - bring back the iTunes and iPhoto streaming and bring Tivo to Go to us Mac users). I think Front Row takes this to the next level.

    If Apple wants to include the ability to download video (which it should), that's great. But don't leave out the DVR features.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Double sigh

    If this isn't a partnership of some sort with Apple, it's bound to fail in my opinion. iPods are so well integrated into everything it would be a fatal mistake not to work with it esp. since its a product that millions really love and want.

    When you wander away from your roots you are bound to get lost and whither away.

  1. howdesign

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Video Formats

    I've got no probem with everyone and their brother offering video for free or for sale. My problem is with those that choose an option that exculdes Mac users, like YAHOO and NBC. They require a PC version of Windows Media Player that Microsoft has conveniently ignored for too long. At least Google has their head on straight and uses Flash. CNN and ESPN use formats that require WMP too, but they seem to work most of the time with the Mac version.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Alright, before it was music downloads. Now video. Everyone's getting in the act. Soon we'll be listing the companies that DON'T have a music and/or video store.

    Personally, could care less, except to say that more is better. More of the same, bah! And hopefully it will keep prices down.

  1. IonCable

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple DVR, Please

    Honestly, I haven't quite gotten the download video thing yet. I know its coming, but the quality and time it takes just isn't there yet. I also don't watch TV on my Mac. I watch it on my nice 32" Sony. I think Apple has the best beings by basing a Video service on iTunes.

    But what I really want is an Apple DVR (stand alone) that integrates with iMovie, iDVD, iTunes, Front Row ect. Used my .Mac account for Channel listings and management. That would be Ideal.

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