Google’s move into video

A day after Yahoo! announced it was getting into the video search business, Google unveiled Google Video, which has been actually functioning since December. It’s pretty crude now, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out where this is headed. Can you spell c‑o-n-v-e-r-g-e-n-c‑e.

Our mission is to organize the world’s information, and that includes the thousands of programs that play on our TVs every day. Google Video enables you to search a growing archive of televised content — everything from sports to dinosaur documentaries to news shows.
The folks at Engadget note that they’re both impressed and scared of this. Either way, it’s a genius concept. Google archives the closed caption script and searches that to provide results. There’s no direct access to the actual videos yet, and I’m not sure this is supposed to lead to “streaming” video anyway. This is a product that will be of incredible value in a world where your TV set and computer function as one. The content might be delivered by cable or the Internet (heck, they’re already the same thing), but what Google’s doing now is archiving all the scripts they can find. Very smart, methinks.

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