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Friday, January 13, 2006

 

Google and CBS release embarrassment of a video store

`”This is a truly historical meeting of the established and new media,” said Les Moonves, the head of CBS, about his network’s new video partnership with Google. Um, no, Les. So far, it’s just a really crap web site.

If, like us, you expected the new and improved Google Video service to rival something like Apple’s iTunes store, then do yourself a favor and don’t visit the Google shop for a few months. Google has done nothing to celebrate its unique access to shows such as CSI, Survivor and Star Trek. Instead, the company has buried CBS’s shows beneath a dismal interface wrapped in a shambles of a delivery mechanism. [..]

Take CSI, for example. If you highlight it, only one show appears at the time of writing – an episode called “Werewolves.” Even MacGyver gets five episodes.’




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