Google: ‘We made a big mistake with Google Video’

“Google Inc., trying to extend its dominance of Internet search into the market for videos, said it made a mistake with the design of an online store,” Bloomberg News reports. “Shows for sale weren’t well promoted on the home page of Google Video, which was introduced earlier this month, Vice President Marissa Mayer said in an interview in Munich, Germany. That left customers unable to tap easily into hits such as CBS’ top-rated ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ and reality show ‘Survivor.'”

“‘We made a big mistake,’ Mayer, who oversees all of Google’s search products, said Tuesday. ‘You can’t come out and launch a product like Google Video and say ‘CSI’ and ‘Survivor’ are there if they’re not on the home page.’ The video service has ‘fallen far short’ of competitors such as Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes music and video offering, said Allen Weiner, an analyst at Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc. ‘What Apple has done with the iTunes store sets the bar really high,'” Bloomberg News reports. “Google video won’t let consumers play copy-protected shows on portable video devices, including the iPod or laptops that aren’t connected to the Internet, Pogue said. That means they can’t be viewed on long plane or car journeys. He also said the site’s design is ‘incredibly bare-bones and empty-looking.’ Google changed the home page Tuesday to make it easier to find clips, Mayer said.”

Full article here.

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  1. FSCK!

    I wanted to buy the kobe bryant game, but i can’t cuz i’m not on Windows!


    btw.. there’s a cheesy clip of a girl showing off her thong.. it’s on the ‘popular’ list…don’t you guys screen for shit like that? lol

  2. Since_llci:
    That is a very good point. I was thinking that when I first read the article. At least they didn’t defend the lousy interface by saying it was a “feature” or an “alternative” to iTunes.

  3. Thank you oh great MacDailyNews spin doctor. Did anyone else notice how the writer jumped around with his quotes like it was all coming from Google? Yeah, I agree Googles video store is crap, but I don’t need quotes from completely other sources taken out of context to figure that out.
    I read this site 3 to 4 times a day because I love Apple and I love hearing news about current Apple events. However, this blatant spinning of news is just getting ridiculous and very annoying.
    Could anyone please recommend a more NUETRAL Apple news source?

  4. What´s real dumb is if you are not in the US you can´t even use it.

    “Thanks for your interest in Google Video.

    Currently, the playback feature of Google Video isn’t available in your country.

    We hope to make this feature available more widely in the future, and we really appreciate your patience. “

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