“Google Inc. is now streaming free commercial videos, including television programs and movies, as part of a trial run of an advertising-only business model,” The San Jose Business Journal reports. “Mountain View-based Google’s latest offering is a test to see how online advertisement can pay for consumer access on the Internet, as commercials do for broadcast television.”
“Among the free videos that can now be accessed are movies that include “Billy the Kid” and Charlie Chaplin classics, classic cartoons that viewers were charged $1.99 for previously, episodes of “The Charlie Rose Show,” and wrestling matches,” ,” The San Jose Business Journal reports.
“The company is not making all its videos available for free in the test. Shows such as CBS Corp.’s “Survivor” still cost $1.99. User-generated video content will remain free of charge and without advertising,” ,” The San Jose Business Journal reports. “With the move, Google may be going head-to-head with Cupertino-based Apple Computer Inc., which sells popular shows through its iTunes Music Store.”
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