In continuing efforts to expand its online advertising business, Google will distribute ad-supported video content from Viacom International\u2019s MTV Networks to websites in its extensive advertising network.The deal is a first for both companies, a Google spokeswoman said Monday. It marks the first time that integrated video programming and advertising will be directly available to Google\u2019s huge AdSense advertising network, which delivers text and image ads to websites and blogs. It is also the first time music and entertainment video clips from MTV Networks will be available to consumers across the Web on an ad-supported basis on sites outside the network\u2019s own.In effect, Google will syndicate Viacom\u2019s programming to a much larger segment of the Web, allowing the content to reach many more viewers than it would on the company\u2019s own sites."We will put video clips on our partner sites that contain advertising, offering content providers a new way to make money from the Internet," the spokeswoman said.The companies plan to begin testing the new service later this month with a number of programs, such as Nickelodeon\u2019s "SpongeBob Square Pants" and MTV\u2019s "Laguna Beach."The alliance comes amid a sea of change in video content distribution, propelled in part by pervasive broadband connections, which allow users to stream and download content relatively quickly and inexpensively, and by the growing popularity of video-on-the-Web sites such as YouTube.The partnership could also send a signal to other producers of news and entertainment content that Google, occasionally criticized for using content without appropriate consent, is eager to create a legitimate business model.In addition to the ad-supported video clip service, Google has agreed to sell popular MTV Networks programs through its Google Video portal. For US$1.99 per episode, consumers can download full-length episodes of comedian Dave Chappelle\u2019s "Chappelle\u2019s Show" and of the animation "South Park." By John Blau, IDG News Service (Dusseldorf Bureau)Related Links:\n\nGoogle Video Targets International Audience\n\nGoogle Makes Deal for Associated Press ContentCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.