SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- blinkx, the world's largest
video search engine, today announced 28 new partnerships with special
interest, or "Long Tail," media companies. Through these agreements, blinkx
has expanded its index of more than 14 million hours of searchable video
content into new genres and categories, and extended its leadership in
delivering the most diverse material and intuitive viewing experience on
Broadband penetration and advances in video compression have driven the
proliferation of multimedia content on the Web and resulted in the
mainstream consumption of online video. As technical progress has
dramatically lowered the barrier to entry for Internet publishing, more
independent producers are distributing their video content online, and
achieving great success among smaller, but dedicated, audiences.
In addition to indexing mainstream media, blinkx is committed to making
it easier to locate this niche video content on the Web.
"The democratization of media is one of the most exciting possibilities
of the Web -- the idea that people with common interests can build a
community, regardless of their physical location," said Suranga
Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx. "blinkx is helping to deliver on
that promise by indexing the broadest variety of video content on the Web
today, and making it easier for everyone -- from bikers to brides-to-be --
to find material that appeals to their specific interests."
Among the new partnerships signed are Cycling TV and Wedding TV, two
broadband television channels with specialized offerings on the Web.
Dedicated to serving the world's cycling community, Cycling TV offers live
feeds of cycle races around the world, including behind-the-scenes coverage
of the Tour de France. Wedding TV has something for every stage of the
romantic relationship: from personal wedding videos to reality shows and
documentaries, the site also offers expert advice on planning the perfect
wedding and follows couples as they prepare to tie the knot.
blinkx also recently signed an agreement with Eye Music Network, a Web
site featuring more than 3,500 hours of the best of the best music videos
from pop, rock, reggae and more. Music fans can also create their own music
video channels and share them with friends. In addition, blinkx has teamed
up with GeoBeats, a producer of professional video travel guides, to give
travel enthusiasts a sense of a destination's local flavor and to help them
plan their next memorable adventure.
blinkx (London AIM: BLNX) is the world's most comprehensive video
search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 14,000,000 hours of
audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and
available on demand. blinkx's founders set out to solve a significant
challenge -- as TV and user-generated content on the Web explode,
keyword-based search technologies only scratch the surface. blinkx's
patented search technologies listen to -- and even see -- the Web, helping
users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available
elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the
world's most frequented sites. blinkx is based in San Francisco and London.
More information is available at http://www.blinkx.com.