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Google Video goes International

MOUNTAIN VIEW – July 11 2006 – Google will today launch Google Video in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and Canada making it easier for millions more people around the world to search for, upload and share their videos.

Users visiting each new Google Video site will see a home page in their own language featuring content from their native country, while still being able to search through Google’s growing international index.

Google Video is fast and simple to use. People can quickly and easily upload a video by visiting – and share it with Google Video users worldwide. There is no limit to the file size that users can upload. In addition Google Video enables anyone to:

Joanna Shields, European Director of Partnerships, said:

“The rise of online video is making it easier for people to express themselves. By launching Google Video in these new markets we will enable more people in more countries to search for, upload and share video content in more languages. We’re excited to work with our content providers and advertisers around the world to help them use Google Video to reach a wider global audience.”

Media Partners

Google is currently building a network of media partners across Europe who will be uploading their content over the coming months.

Steve Ronson, Senior Vice President, Enterprises, A&E Television Networks, parent company of The History Channel®, The Biography Channel®, Crime & Investigation Network™ and A&E Network®:

“As a worldwide content provider, it is important for A&E Television Networks to reach potential viewers through new forms of media outlets. We are very pleased to be a part of the launch of the Google Video service in Europe. Google Video will be an important tool for our channels in the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy to reach a new audience and to promote localized versions of the programming from The History Channel®, The Biography Channel® and Crime & Investigation Network™.”

Marie-Laure Lesage, Director of Development, ARTE:

“ARTE on Google Video, where creativity and curiosity intersect with power and relevance.”

Ra’up Mc Gee, Producer of “Automne”:

“As an independent producer, without extensive distributor contacts, I am looking to share my film with a wider audience, knowing that it is difficult to access the traditional cinema distribution network. Google Video gave me the perfect solution to reach the four corners of the earth – the dream of all writers and directors.”

Marc Ingla, Vice President, FC Barcelona:

“We are very satisfied to be a pioneering club collaborating with the download service offered by Google-- leading company in the Internet on a worldwide level. This alliance with Google allows us to diversify the means and channels through which our supporters around the world can follow the club.”

Henning Lindblad, Senior Marketing Manager of Buena Vista International Europe:

“We’re really excited to work with Google for their European launch of Google Video, which enables moviegoers to seek out exclusive and exiting video content for our upcoming films such as this summer’s number one animated film ‘Cars’ from Disney and Pixar and the record-breaking blockbuster ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ from Walt Disney Pictures.”

Francine Cousteau, President of the Cousteau Society:

“I’m excited that Google Video will make it much easier for young people to find out about Jacques Cousteau and his work. Google Video gives everyone the freedom to access this information – ensuring that his message will reach a whole new generation.”

Justin Kniest, Chief Executive Officer of, Webby Award Winner for Best Music Website 2005:

“Google Video gives Fabchannel the most full-featured platform for uploading and distributing our content. We love the way users can download our content in a variety of formats,including video iPods and Sony PSPs, without using up our bandwidth. And we’re very excited that Google search will help people to find and view our footage.”

Patrick McNerney, Vice President, New Media, at IMG Media said:

“IMG is very excited about Google Video giving European users an easy way to explore our huge amount of high quality video. Searchers will be able to easily find footage including over 250 matches from this year’s Wimbledon Championships, additional highlights and interviews, golden moments from the tournament’s past, and much more. We think this is a great opportunity to reach out to online viewers.”

Roei Amit, Director of Online Content, L’Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, France:

“Following our release of 100,000 archive videos, we are delighted to be part of the launch of Google Video. We are expecting the service to be a fantastic window to the world, highlighting the unprecedented and innovative effort Ina has made over the last years to restore and digitize radio and television archives.”

Mark Wood, Chief Executive of ITN, one of the world’s leading news and multimedia content companies, said:

“As one of Google Video’s original launch partners in the US earlier this year, ITN is very excited to enter into the next stage of global roll out of this unique service. Already our content has proved a huge hit in the North America attracting over one million previews in its first six months. We look forward to working even more closely with Google, taking geographically relevant content from our fast growing moving imagery business ITN Source, and finding new ways to package it creatively for the end consumer through our multimedia division ITN On.”

Michel Mol, Internet Coordinator, Netherlands Public Broadcasting:

“Making thousands of hours of video available online is one thing… bringing it to the attention of a broad audience another! Netherlands Public Broadcasting will soon be offering a special selection of its current online video content through the Dutch Google Video site. We are convinced that the co-operation with Google is an excellent way to serve the public in its search for meaningful online video content.”

Oliver Slipper, CEO, Premium TV, a specialist digital rights company generating revenue for sports, entertainment and publishing companies:

“It’s a very exciting time! Premium TVs relationship with Google Video Europe, as strategic content partner, means that users will be able to choose from a huge catalogue of content – and we’re delighted to be providing this content. Google Video Europe users will be able to download content from some of the biggest brands in sports and entertainment; including but not limited to, ATP Masters Series, English Cricket Board, Football League Interactive, World SBK Superbikes, and World Rally Championship. We will start by selecting key content from our broadband TV subscription services with the view of rolling out a broader content offering come mid-August.”

René Stokvis, Chief Executive Officer, René Stokvis Producties, one of the largest independent producers in the Netherlands:

“René Stokvis Producties is always exploring new ways of distributing content so we see Google Video as an excellent opportunity to reach new viewers and gain a better understanding of our viewers. We will start with selected highlights of Holland’s longest running entertainment show: Te land, Ter Zee en In De Lucht (By Land Sea Or Air). Pretty soon we hope to be creating tailor-made content for all new digital platforms.”

Alex Mahon, COO, talkbackTHAMES:

“talkbackTHAMES has an extensive comedy catalogue which includes classic, award-winning titles including Green Wing, Smack the Pony and Bo Selecta. As a leading UK independent producer we are thrilled to be providing our content via Google Video and see it as a critical route to reach viewers directly, promote our content in brand new markets and build our brands globally. It also allows us to gain invaluable experience and knowledge of new audiences enabling us to more effectively target our content direct to the viewer.”

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