Google Changes Video Migration Plans

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Google has reversed its decision to shut down the ability to play back clips stored in its Video service.

Earlier this month, Google notified Google Video users that it would be impossible to play back their uploaded videos after April 29, and that they should download them out of the service, but that deadline has now been removed. Google changed course after users apparently expressed displeasure with the original plan.

"Google Video users can rest assured that they won't be losing any of their content," wrote Mark Dochtermann, a Google engineering manager, in a blog post on Friday.

Instead, Google is working on a mechanism to automatically migrate clips in Google Video over to YouTube. For Google Video users who want to do this right away themselves, there is now an option on Google Video to trigger this migration manually. People can also still download their Google Video clips if they want to.

Google Video, launched in 2005, was the company's first video upload and sharing service. After Google acquired YouTube in 2006, Google Video's focus eventually changed to video search.

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