Video search engine blinkx has signed a partnership deal with BBC iPlayer, BBC's online on-demand service, to provide blinkx viewers direct access to the latest BBC TV footage.
The partnership will enable users to search for and access BBC iPlayer programmes via blinkx.com. The service will provide a preview of the programme to viewers before they use BBC iPlayer's download or live streaming service to view it.
Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx, said: "BBC content is renowned for its high quality and universal appeal. Through this partnership, we're able to further our commitment to our users by offering them a comprehensive archive of professional TV programming available on the internet."
BBC iPlayer is the broadcaster's free seven-day catch-up service. It enables the online audience to stream and download 250 programmes per week. The service also offers an option to watch live streaming via PC, Mac and Linux. After downloading, users will have to start watching the programmes within 30 days and then have seven days to finish watching. The iPlayer also features radio.
Blinkx says that a range of BBC programmes, which include comedy, factual, drama and some sport coverage sourced from the various BBC TV channels, will be available for users to download or stream. The search engine will also catalogue and index all the content provided on BBC iPlayer to make it easier for users to search for video and TV clips.
Ashley Highfield, BBC director of future media and technology, said: "The BBC's remit is to make its content as widely available as possible to everyone in the UK. We are therefore committed to reaching out to audiences' wherever they are and on whatever platforms they chose to access our services. Blinkx's unique technology and vast network means BBC TV content is more accessible and searchable to our audiences, who can watch highlights and excerpts of our shows, and then click through to watch the full programme on BBC iPlayer."
Blinkx has signed partnerships with around 220 companies and offers 18 million hours of audio and video content which includes TV moments, news clips, documentaries, music videos, video blogs and live TV. The search engine applies advanced speech recognition technology to deliver search results.