Hopefully this is yet another sign that the fiasco of DRM is coming to an end. Google is shutting down its paid for video services. which if it were a conventional store and you had bought something from it would be fine. However, with DRM it means that anything you purchased from the Google Video store sill stop working. Google are offering Google checkout vouchers to compensate users, but I do wonder how many people who bought videos were under the impression that they would stop working at any time Google chose to turn off the service.
With Universal now offering some of its catalogue as unrestricted mp3's, though not through itunes, this may be a turning point in the media industry's obsession with DRM.