by Brett Edwards
Last week, Google announced a new online video store where they will offer movies, tv shows, and sporting events for download. The best part for us: entire NBA games available, including "classic" games from the past in their entirety.
Right now there are only 25 games available, and most of them are recent like from the past few days. But a couple of the notable "classic" games are Kobe's 62 point performance against Dallas from a few weeks ago, and a Rockets Mavs game from 2004 where Dirk scored a career high 53. These will run you $3.95 each.
My initial impression is that the video quality is not that great, and the price is a little steep. I can't actually purchase any of the videos to see for myself, because I am a Mac user and "purchasing this video requires Windows 2000 or Windows XP." This is very Google-like, and I'm sure Mac compatibility will follow shortly. If anyone out there buys one of these, drop us a line and let us know what the quality is like and how long the download takes, how large the files are, etc. It also seems that you must watch these videos in some sort of Google video player, which would be their way of adding copy protection to the videos.
OK, enough tech talk. Overall I think it's very exciting to have on demand NBA games for viewing a day after they are played, and I can't wait to have more classic games added to the library. What classic game would you be most likely to pay $3.95 for?