DRM Kills Google Video Downloads
The bad news came in an email to consumers, in which Google informed them that it is exiting the paid rental and download business. In return for the inconvenience, purchasers are being offered $2 Google Checkout bonuses that expire in 60 days.
The death of Google Video has been expected since the company acquired YouTube. Clearly whatever Google does with video in the future will be linked to that major acquisition. But Google's action raises the question of how many other DRM time bombs may be out there, waiting for similar changes in business plan.
Foes of DRM are delighted, of course. They insist that consumers should support only DRM-free downloads.
The full email from Google is available at newteevee.com.