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Google Makes Digitized Archive of Interviews with TV Legends Available Online

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Can a day go by without Google making an announcement? I'm not so sure.

Today's news from Mountain Viewis that more fully viewable content is now available on Google. Television lovers and historians are going to be, well, thrilled. Google is beginning to digitize an archive of interviews of key people in tv history. Google is working with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation to digitize and make accessible interviews from the Foundation's Archive of American Television. Access to the content is free.

What's currently available? Some pretty cool stuff (assuming you're interested in television history).
Interviews include:

  • William Shatner

  • Alan Alda

  • Sid Caesar

  • Diahann Carroll

  • Ossie Davis

  • Phyllis Diller

  • Michael J. Fox

  • Andy Griffith

  • Florence Henderson

  • Angela Lansbury

  • Dick Van Dyke

  • Betty White

  • James Garner

  • Norman Lear

  • Grant Tinker,

  • Dick Wolf

  • Steven Bochco

At this point, the first 75 of the 284 historic films (which equals to about 240 viewing hours) can be watched on Google Video at http://video.google.com. To access include the search terms [academy of television] in your Google Video search query.

Kudos to Google for making this type of content available. I hope other services begin digitizing and making more accessible the thousands of hours of archived interviews, lectures, and more.

Postscript: Philipp let me know via email that this new content is not visible in Germany.


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