In a further threat to Kangaroo, blinkx has launched a single gateway for UK online video content, before the BBC-ITV-C4 venture even gets off the ground.
The video search engine has introduced its Universal TV Remote, through which users can search for a favourite show by name or channel, before being pointed to the site where they can view or download the content for free. The line-up includes stations broadcast by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five.
“It’s a tremendous source of news and entertainment for consumers, but the content is spread across myriad sites belonging to national broadcasters and media giants. blinkx Remote uses our award-winning video search technology to help consumers find their favourite TV shows quickly, easily and in one place,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO of blinkx.
Video spam, illegal clips and other inappropriate material is filtered out by the blinkx search engine. Users can also tag their favourite shows and receive updates of new episodes by email or RSS.
The remote is currently only available to UK audiences, but a version for the United States is planned.
Kangaroo has been tethered by the Office of Fair Trading’s referral of the project to the Competition Commission.