YouTube has officially ended support of its video download program that was currently in beta. This will prevent YouTube Partners from enabling their new videos in a downloadable format.
[Skip to 1:56 for the news.]
This may not be the final nail in the coffin for download YouTube videos legally, but it’s definitely a step backwards.
Rumors have been flying around that YouTube is preparing to launch a program that would charge for streaming content.
Which would you prefer to pay for: downloadable or streaming videos?
Here’s an excerpt from the email:
“We want to thank you for supporting and participating in this beta test and for helping us make YouTube better, but we have decided not to fully productize this, for now. This means that we will continue to support downloads of videos that you previously submitted, but that you will not be able to enable any new videos for download. We apologize if this will cause any inconvenience. Meanwhile, we are reevaluating on an ongoing basis whether/when to launch Downloads capability on YouTube as a fully supported commercial feature for all users and partners.”
In a follow-on to our recent story regarding Metal Gear Solid
and GameTrailers.com MGS Retrospective video catchup series.
It is worth mentioning that the next of the weekly editions is
expected to be online anytime now with a direct link to be
found in the prior Stuffwelike story. Continue reading →
For those who are into music in a big, or even little way
you should have heard of Nine Inch Nails. Even if you have
not what you might like to know is the huge band has
released a new single from their next album online to
download for free.
The only catch is you have to put in an email address to
receive a time-limited download link for the MP3 file.
Doesn’t seem so bad so why not give it a try? The server
is even pretty fast for the download.
No matter how big something is it can always be leaked onto the net.
It happened for Star Wars Episode 3 and now its happened with the PAL
and then NTSC versions of Grand Theft Auto 4. Continue reading →
In a press release sent out late Friday Valve has announced that a ton of high profile games from Rockstar are now available on the Steam download system. As a promotion all the games are discounted 10% during launch week so this is the time to brush up on your GTA skills before GTA4 is released. There is no word however on what upcoming Rockstar titles will be added to the system but we can only hope that a PC version of GTA4 will be made and added. All we can say is we hope you are not on a download limit!
The list and comments below are from the press release.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto II
Grand Theft Auto
Midnight Club II
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Wild Metal Country
“We were immediately excited by the opportunity to offer our PC catalog via Steam because it allows us to reach out to gamers around the world in exciting new ways,” said Rowan Hajaj, Head of Finance and Corporate Development of Rockstar Games. “We are continually looking for ways to give back to our fans and this collaboration will give people a chance to easily revisit some of our greatest titles.”
“Rockstar Games brings some of most viscerally engaging games the industry has ever witnessed to Steam’s expansive library of titles,” says Jason Holtman, director of Steam business development. “We’re delighted to provide a place where gamers across the globe can discover all the fine work Rockstar Games has produced.”