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Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
13 years ago7,955 views

Does this work?
video.google.com/?ncr

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

no ..it gets directed to my .ca domain..!!

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

This one?
216.239.51.99/video

Jeff Jonez [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Could this be happening due to legal reasons? both France and Germany have specific laws banning particular content.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Funniest video on Google Video:
video.google.com/videoplay?doc ...

Nick [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

I'm in Canada and it now redirects to the video.google.ca domain.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I'm redirected to the French version... with that :
HTTP/1.x 302 Moved Temporarily
:-)

the same for video.google.com/?ncr

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Then try this one:
video.google.co.uk/

Similar to the .com version.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

What is the difference between the versions? Other than the language?

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yes, the "Featured" sections aren't the same (in France we have VoD, French teasers of films, few films from our national TV archive center, etc)

Jake's View [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

In the USA, I can get all the versions.

Chris [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

video.google.com working fine with no redirect in the UK.

I don't know how similar you class as similar for the .co.uk site?

Also, anyone else notice this on the .com site?

" Search History now includes Google Video. Learn more. " – that's new isn't it?

Splasho [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I'm not getting redirected to the UK version

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I'm getting redirect to the Polish version (thought I've set English as a preferred language in Firefox) and it's very annoying. The same problem was present also yesterday (Tuesday), I'm not sure since when.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Interesting....

We are seeing domain [ read ip] based allocation of resources!!

Me : "..it gets directed to my .ca domain.. "
Nick ":"I'm in Canada and it now redirects to the video.google.ca domain"
TOMHTML:"I'm redirected to the French version... "
Jake's View :"In the USA, I can get all the versions"
Chris:"video.google.com working fine with no redirect in the UK."
Splasho :" I'm not getting redirected to the UK version"
Ludwik Trammer:"I'm getting redirect to the Polish version"

What is happening here ? Each user is getting compartlized to their own IP and DC.. this implies content is being "soilified"..that is each users view point is never the same , depending on the login zone ...!!!

Is this "counter productive" ???

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I don't like it. Google does that at Google.com as well (redirecting to Google.de based on IP) but at least they let you switch back...

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Whats annoying is when you use a proxy and go to use google and get a language you can't read :)- , I ended making a bookmark with the english page so I wouldn't run into that anymore.

Matt Cutts [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I mentioned this to someone; sounds like they'll be doing something about it within the next day or so.

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Well this is one of the advantages of being a small, not-worthy, country ;-) .

We don't have our own customised Google video version in Belgium, so I can still enjoy the american version without any problem ...

Hey all your Europeans, feel free to move some 100 kilometers more to the centre of Europe and enjoy that freedom :P

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

It works now :) You can go to video.google.com/?ncr and it doesn't redirects you.

Of course even before you could use specific URLs like video.google.com/videoranking Only the Googe homepages force redirect.

Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I love being in a neutral country :)
full service, access to all resources (video.google.*)

hmm, maybe i should setup a proxy service

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I don't know who needs Polish version of Google Video – those videos are mostly in English. And and the same time we are waiting for Polish Google News and ability to search Google Maps for Poland (we have maps, but we can't search them...).

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

video.google.com/?ncr works for me now :)

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Im in the UK and im getting the UK one, now.

The redirect doesnt work for me, either.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I think its fixed now..

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Nice fix.

Ethan Anderson [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

We're sorry we caused you to be redirected back to your local domain if you tried to access video.google.com yesterday from some international locations. We've fixed this problem now, so you should be able to go directly to video.google.com by clicking on the U.S. link in the footer of any Google Video homepage.

Thanks for using Google Video!

Ethan Anderson
International Product Manager, Google Video

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I must say that this is the greatest kind of customer service I've ever seen. Coming to the customers place to explain the problem and the fix. I didn't see a lot of companies doing this. Thanks for the great job, Ethan!

Dan Tobias [PersonRank 6]

13 years ago #

To be fully consistent in their domain usage, they really ought to have the US versions of their services in the google.us domain, with the .com domain merely a location-dependent redirect to the appropriate national site for where you are. That would create a URL that definitively referred to the American version, rather than the ambiguity of google.com referring both to the U.S. Google and a generic, redirectable international one.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

The old buggy behavior is back for me (I enter video.google.com, am redirected to video.google.de, then click on US, but next time I enter video.google.com I am again redirected to .de).

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Use video.google.com/?ncr

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