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Google Launches Video Store
January 6, 2006, 8:10 PM by Ed Oswald
At Friday's afternoon keynote at CES 2006, Google co-founder Larry Page announced that the search engine would allow for the on-demand viewing of both recent and classic CBS shows and NBA basketball games.
While newer shows, such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "The Amazing Race" will cost $1.99 YSD to rent for 24 hours, older programs will be able to be viewed for an unlimited period of time for the same price. NBA basketball games would cost $3.95 USD per download, and would be available about a day after the game is played.
Other content to be added to the service includes films from independent studio Greencine, programs from UK network ITN, and older episodes of "The Charlie Rose Show." All content would be protected except for The Charlie Rose Show, meaning users could transfer episodes to portable devices.
Customers would pay for their downloads via credit card through Google's payment system. Half of the fee collected by Google would go to the companies providing the content, Google said. The search engine expects to have the service up and running soon from the current Google Video page.
Hum, I'm not going to use it, but I'm curious to see if it'll catch on.