Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A Miss Is as Google as It's Vile

Strike Two.

Google Video recently updated some of its TV series offerings, but you certainly can't tell from the front page. Once you click one of:
  • "Macgyver" (10 eps added)
  • "The Brady Bunch" (6 eps)
  • "Star Trek: Voyager" (4 eps)
  • "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (19 eps)
you might know eps were added if you remember how many eps you could buy last time you visited. You have to look in the upper right corner at the text that reads 1 - 9 of about 9. Great. Now you know how many, but can you find which ones?

And are you sure that all the eps from last time are still there? You'd think so, wouldn't you. But don't be so sure. For instance, Google removed the 'Brace Yourself' ep from "The Brady Bunch" list and the 'Babel' ep from "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." You can't even access these eps anymore even if you know document IDs and manually type the URLs.

On top of all of that, about two weeks ago Google removed the handy pull-down menu to let you select TV shows. Now try finding vids for "Have Gun, Will Travel" if you didn't already know the series is offered by Google Video. The skein doesn't appear on the front page. If you search for have gun will travel, you find five eps of the series and 21 other entries. If you search for type:tvshow "Have Gun, Will Travel", you'll find exactly what you're looking for.

I continue to be unimpressed.

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