We Sat Around Waiting For Google Video And All We Got Was This?
from the needs-a-bit-of-work-it-appears dept
- Davenetics: "Hey, is it my imagination, or is the first really bad product Google has launched?... There are about 9 music videos for sale. Why not be the search engine and not the store? I don't get it. I know these are the first hours of the service, but I just don't understand the move."
- Brad Hill: "only three episodes of each! The hell? Are their digital converters driven by gerbils? What's the freakin' problem? I have no idea where the bottleneck is, but man, I cannot stand meaningless delays.... Lame on CBS; lame on Google; lame on whoever--it's just lame... Man, this thing is painfully disappointing."
- Meanwhile, Gary Price discovers that for all of Larry Page being totally dismissive of the details concerning Google's copy protection, it really does matter: "I've now downloaded the video after paying $.99, installed the player, and still can't watch the video. Why? It seems that at the moment (2 am EST) I'm unable get my Google account to authenticate so I'm unable to view the show. I keep receiving an error message."
- Andrew Goodman over at Traffick.com may have the best analogy concerning what's happening here, comparing Google's video efforts to billionaires who invest in sports teams or other "trophy businesses" that have little financial value other than publicity: "people keep expecting Google to do something earth-shatteringly iPod-like in the entertainment biz, completely transforming the way people think about the company. Do they have it in them? Maybe, but the new Google Video Store certainly isn't it."
Ouch. Hopefully this is just a botched launch, but there are going to be many pieces to pick up -- and hopefully Google can rapidly improve on the offering, while learning from their mistakes on this one.