Google sent us an email over the weekend letting us know that video content hosted on Google Video will no longer be available for playback later this month. For most users, this won't be an issue, but if you happen to have videos uploaded only to Google Video, your window of opportunity to both view them and download them is rapidly closing. Assuming you don't procrastinate, Google has made it easy to grab your videos.
"On April 29, 2011, videos that have been uploaded to Google Video will no longer be available for playback. We’ve added a Download button to the video status page, so you can download any video content you want to save. If you don’t want to download your content, you don’t need to do anything. (The Download feature will be disabled after May 13, 2011.)," Google says.
To download your video, head over to the Video Status page and click the Download Video link located on the right side of each your videos in the Actions column.
Google Video became a redundant (and expendable) feature once the sultan of search acquired YouTube in 2006. Google paid $1.65 billion for the video sharing site, but didn't stop accepting uploads to Google Video until May 2009.