The web services company is to begin streaming television broadcasts over the Internet after signing up American broadcasters and holding negotiations with the BBC over the possibility of British content.
Google hopes to amass an online library of programmes which can be searched and viewed online from any computer. It also announced it was teaming up with UPN to exclusively screen Chris Rock’s new vehicle, Everybody Hates Chris.
Although Yahoo! has already done this – with Kirstie Alley’s show Fat Actress last year – the move signals Google’s intent to become a global video recorder - offering consumers streaming video of shows when they want. Peter Chane, senior business product manager f or Google’s video team said that the Rock show was a test of “how many users want to watch the show on the Internet if they didn’t watch it on television.”