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Google Video Store

Once the Google Video Store was launched I tested it out.

I believe Google is trying to make it convenient for the user to download and view the video. Instead of having to download the video completely prior to viewing it, Google allows viewing as the download is in progress (i.e. progressive download). Once it is completely downloaded to the user machine, it can be viewed at any time in full, and no more downloading occurs.

This is a little diffferent than iTunes for example, where the user must download first, watch second.

In my opinion, the Google video player is nice and I like the fact that you can integrate videos into html pages via the "put on site" link.

All in all, it's not glamourous, but I imagine the video store will develop into something great over time.

dvxbrian
Boulder, Colorado

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I would agree but...

I have a big issue with having to be connected to the Internet to watch my videos.

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how it works...

You only need to be connected to the Internet while downloading the video, similar to iTunes, or any other online audio or video distribution service. Once you have downloaded the video to your machine, it is yours and you do not need to have an Internet connection to view it.

My point is that Google allows you to watch the video while it is being downloaded. Simply a convenience in case you must see it immediately, rather than waiting for the full download to complete.

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Yea, but

The video quality when watching a file while it's downloading usually isn't as good for whatever reason, IMO. Besides, you never know when it may have to rebuffer.

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Only true of the free ones

Google videos you pay for, Deep Space Nine, for instance, can only be watched if you have the Internet on. I know because our connection at home crapped out and I could not wactht eh video.

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