“It seems that someone [Google] finally convinced the broadcasters that there's a huge demand for downloadable on-demand video of their TV shows.”I was wowed this week to hear about the new Google video services. It seems that someone finally convinced the broadcasters that there's a huge demand for downloadable on-demand video of their TV shows. For those who missed the broadcast, for those who spend more time in planes than in front of their television, or for those who have better quality laptop monitors than TV screens, for those outside the broadcast range. For whatever reason, people WANT this service. I certainly do.
For years now, this has only been available by peer-to-peer networks and other not-so-legitimate methods. I have always said that broadcast networks could make a mint by charging $1 or $2 per show if they would just make available some legal way to download the shows. Well, finally, Google has helped make that a reality. You can visit http://video.google.com/ and search for that episode of CSI you missed last week because your kid's ballgame ran late, or you can watch the basketball game from your hometown, or you can search for that video everyone's been talking about at work. Some of the premium content--like recent TV shows, copyrighted work, etc.--costs money, but not much--between $1 and $5 is what I've seen so far.
But there's lots of free stuff on there, too. Stuff like my favorite: Octopus Eats Shark. Check it out for yourself, and let me know what you think about the idea. Will it catch on? Do you think you'll use it?