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YouTube vs Google Video
how will they co-exist?

 1:55 pm on Oct 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Do you think Google will just let Google Video and YouTube co-exist as they do now, or will they try and attack different markets with them, or will they end up combining them/sharing content between them?

I think they may be shooting themselves in the foot if they try to keep promoting competing services...



 8:14 am on Oct 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'd guess the current overlapis not that big.

It'll be interesting to see which way they go - move them apart, so GV has its own niche, while YouTube does the popular stuff - or bring them closer, so they can eventually be merged.

However they manage it, unless they end up with 100% separate markets, I can't see GV lasting two years.


 11:37 pm on Oct 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think the presence of the the National Archive videos on Google Video is one major difference between the two, and could be an indication of further future differentiation - as you say, YouTube does the popular stuff.

The fact that Google Video also allows for pay-per-view videos may also indicate future direction.

However, with Google's main function being search, I can also see YouTube videos cropping up when you do a search on Google Video. Branding Google Video as a more of a search tool could be the way it goes.

From the YouTube blog:
you won't have to start paying for videos and YouTube won't be replaced with Google video. We aren't going anywhere.

Whatever happens, I expect to see some sort of indication of direction well within 2 years...

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