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Thread: Google just bought Youtube for $1.65 Bil

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    Google just bought Youtube for $1.65 Bil

    Do you think it was a smart buy, or as Mark Cuban has said, "Anyone that buys Youtube has to be a complete moron"?

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    Re: Google just bought Youtube for $1.65 Bil

    stupid
    Does this mean they are going to close off google video? I like the google video look more than youtube. Youtube is far too busy and ugly compared to google video. Now they are going to have to go through and shear the massive amount of videos that break copyright.

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    Re: Google just bought Youtube for $1.65 Bil

    Well, even though Google has shown that advertising revenue can fund an infite number of free services, I choose to remain sceptical this time around. YouTube has operated with big financial losses until now, their bandwidth usage increases almost exponentially every day.

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    Re: Google just bought Youtube for $1.65 Bil

    Quote Originally Posted by bruenig View Post
    stupid
    Does this mean they are going to close off google video? I like the google video look more than youtube. Youtube is far too busy and ugly compared to google video. Now they are going to have to go through and shear the massive amount of videos that break copyright.
    They'll probably merge them into two services with the same backend... or something like that.

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    Re: Google just bought Youtube for $1.65 Bil

    Mark Cuban just posted a follow-up...

    I still think Google is crazy

    I think it was a very smart buy. It appears to me that Mark Cuban is too enamoured with traditional media and doesn't buy into the idea that the fundamental way that we consume media is going to radically change. I think he's wrong.
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    Re: Google just bought Youtube for $1.65 Bil

    Last I heard they were in negotiations. It makes sense for Google to do that. Remember that YouTube is the largest online video service. Google's own Video service got suprassed by YouTube quite easily. Also YouTube might be operating at a loss but it's 100% free, Google Video is not, they do have pay-for content.
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    Re: Google just bought Youtube for $1.65 Bil

    I originally thought, "why not just clone Youtube, feature for feature", but then I remembered that Google doesn't have any employees that can code a decent user interface if their life depended on it. All they know how to do is maintain their tens of thousands of cheap servers. So I guess they had no choice but to buy what they are too incompetent to build... which is very smart.
    Last edited by greggh; October 9th, 2006 at 11:09 PM.

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    Re: Google just bought Youtube for $1.65 Bil

    It was a really good sale, but I am not so sure that it was worth buying.
    I watch films online and occasionally youtube as well, but I wonder if the investment worth it. They have to make money out of it and RIAA and it's friends are at the door...
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    A very good move on Google's part, more eyeballs to sell advertising to !

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    Re: Google just bought Youtube for $1.65 Bil

    Brilliant on Google's part. Unlike Youtube, Google can actually make money from this through ads. By owning both Google Video and YouTube, they pretty much have a monopoly on the online video ``market''.
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