(The Hosting News) – On Friday, Google announced the closure of its online video streaming service Google Video. The move comes as no surprise to analysts. In fact, some see it as long overdue as Google also owns the massively popular video-streaming site Youtube.
Google Video premiered in 2005 as Google’s answer to competing with YouTube. However, Google shortly acquired Youtube after Google Video’s creation.
While Google Video’s closure is news, it appears that it’s been in the making for some time. The site stopped letting users upload videos as far back as May of 2009.
The site is encouraging users to save or move their videos to Youtube. For now, an additional feature lets users save video content to their hard drives. In an email sent to users, Google stated, “We’ve always maintained that the strength of Google Video is its ability to let people search videos from across the web, regardless of where those videos are hosted”. Google also emphasized that the move will allow the company to focus on the further advancement of worldwide video searches.
A large factor behind the service’s shutdown is news of Google’s most recent emphasis on Youtube. Google is said to be looking to invest up to one-hundred million dollars towards creating original content for the popular video-streaming site.
Streaming of videos using the service is expected to end on April 29th. The last day to download videos from the service will be the 13th of May.