Google's Video Playback Launches Today

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News: Google To Launch Online Video Playback This Monday
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John breaks the news of Google's Open Source media player and video playback launch that will apparently happen later today.

I've confirmed that Monday Google will launch an in-browser video playback feature based on the open source VLC media player. This is the logical next step for Google's video search and upload function, which began taking uploads from anyone who cared to submit back in April.

Google will not disclose the raw numbers of videos that have been uploaded to date, but the company will make all those which were tagged as "free" available for real time streaming through the VLC player, which Google has modified and will make available for download Monday morning. The company also intends to make its VLC code available to the open source community as part of their Google code project.

He goes on to talk about some of the implications of what is clearly a massive move from GOOG, and one that so far at least, seems to have the blessing of the technorati.

For one thing, this is likely where we'll see Google Wallet come into play as they add paid content to the service. It's also a direct attack on MS' media player. John makes a great job of explaining the implications, go read it...


Eh.. Windows Only

System Requirements
Windows 2000 or later with latest updates installed;
Firefox 1.0+ or IE 5.0+.
DirectX 9.0c End-User Runtime

Yeah, Mac version coming

Yeah, Mac version coming soon, but Linux doesn't even get a blood mention!

Windows Only

Windows only, well snore. What a non-event. I was actually looking forward to a Google rollout for the first time in a long time. Wake me when they support Mac and Linux.

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