Google Taps NBA To Launch Video Marketplace
Current season NBA games available for the first time online
LAS VEGAS – Jan. 6, 2006 – Google has teamed with the NBA to make current season NBA games available online for the first time as part of the launch of its Google Video Store, the first open video marketplace where consumers can buy or rent a wide range of video content, it was announced today by Larry Page, Google’s Co-Founder and President, Products, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
"Google's innovative presentation of information and content is revolutionizing the way people access media," said NBA Commissioner David Stern. "In the increasingly competitive and rapidly changing world of entertainment, Google Video provides us with a new way to deliver the NBA experience to our fans when and how they want it."
In addition, the highest scoring games of some of the NBA’s best players will be available including Kobe Bryant’s 62-point performance in three quarters vs. Dallas last month.
The following career-high scoring performances will be available through Google Video, with more to be added at a later date:
Google Video is the first open video marketplace where any video producer, large or small, can upload their content for free and distribute it how they wish. For instance, video prices are set by the content provider and can range from free to any price they set with no minimum or maximum dollar-limit. Owners also have the choice to offer their content with or without copy protection – enabling them greater control over its distribution.
Additionally, all content from Google Video can be viewed with a new player that can be downloaded for free from any playback page. It offers all the traditional playback options (play, pause, stop…) as well as a “thumbnail” navigation feature that enables users to browse through an entire video, or frames at a time, with a simple click of their mouse. The player is designed for viewing Google Video content only, it is a five-megabyte download, and is compatible with Windows XP and Windows 2000.