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More bad news for YouTube March 22, 2007

Posted by sk in Google, Microsoft, YouTube.
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New York Times reports (free registration required):

Media giants NBC Universal and News Corp. on Thursday announced plans to join forces with AOL, MSN, Yahoo and MySpace to form an online video distribution network–taking aim at Google’s popular YouTube operation.

Under the NBC-News Corp. agreement, partners of the online video distribution network will be able to feature the site’s content on their own respective Web site, allowing them to add their own look and feel to the content’s presentation.

The network distribution site will launch with such clips and full episodes as Heroes, My Name is Earl, Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. Movies slated for the network will range from The Devil Wears Prada to The Bourne Identity and Little Miss Sunshine.

Well, it looks like people are finally realizing that Google’s ambitions to control all the information on the web may not be good for them in the long run. Things may change in the future, but as of now it looks like YouTube would’ve been better off had Google left it alone.

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1. tismarkhan - March 22, 2007

“..YouTube would’ve been better off had Google left it alone…”

I am not too sure about that. I find it pretty cool, because google is still the best search engine and now it would also serch youtube for me, which i find very convinient and at the same time google has not messed up with youtube website and content presentation, which is good too.

i am not following much of law suits etc against google\youtube etc, so may be from that point of view, u r right but i dont think any number of people joining hands against google\youtube wud beat them easily.

Yahoo videos already have that thing where you can present videos on ur own website with ur own look and feel, i dont like it much, problem is while some may customize it really well, some wud be way below standard in quality etc,

2. sk - March 22, 2007

I didn’t mean to say the service is worse now. It’s just that so many videos wouldn’t have been removed and these companies wouldn’t have partnered with other companies had Google not bought YouTube. They’re scared of Google’s ambitions to control the world’s information.


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