Offer Video Downloads, Software That Rivals Microsoft’s from the Wall Street
Journal says that Google cofounder Larry Page will announce in his
this week that Google will offer pay-per-video downloads through Google Video
and a new "Google Pack" bundle of software that people can download.
Per-per-view video or video for purchase is no surprise. Google’s
it would do this. It’s simply been a matter of timing, so perhaps the time —
Page’s first CES address — is right. Rumblings supporting the Wall Street
Journal’s story are out there. Garrett Rogers has
spotted per per view
screens in the wild, along with perhaps a new video software program
The Google Pack would bundle Google software along with other software such
as Norton AntiVirus, RealPlayer and Trillian. Google’s given no previous
indication something like this would be coming. However, the company did
recently do a
bundling deal to put its applications on Lexar flash drives, the latest in a
series of deals.
There’s also an
with Sun for distribution of the Google Toolbar, a bundling
WinZip to distribute the Google Toolbar and Google Desktop, a similar one with
and a long-standing one
from 2004 to put the Google Toolbar with RealPlayer.
Interestingly, one of the bundled applications within the Google Pack will be
the Adobe Reader. Adobe already has a
with Yahoo to include a cobranded Yahoo Search toolbar within copies of reader
that Adobe hands out.