SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.—June 22, 2010—blinkx, the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine, today announced a partnership with CriticalPast,www.criticalpast.com, a global online resource for royalty-free, historic video footage. CriticalPast’s video library includes some of history’s most iconic moments from over 4,000 locations worldwide and dating from the 1890s to modern times. This collection of over 50,000 videos will now be available at www.blinkx.com. Leveraging its unique AdHoc platform, blinkx will also place advertising against these videos and share resulting revenue with CriticalPast.
CriticalPast is one of the world's largest online archives of royalty-free historic video footage and photo images, serving history buffs and professional film producers worldwide. The CriticalPast collection spans thousands of hours of video, millions of still photos and continues to grow. Drawn largely from U.S. government agency sources, CriticalPast’s videos and photos are available for license without the clearance concerns encountered when ordering from typical stock footage and stock photo providers.
“With an index of over 35 million hours of online video, our viewers know they can find and access the widest range of content right from blinkx.com,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx. “CriticalPast offers a fascinating window into the past—whether it’s scenes from Japan in 1900, or footage of D-Day from World War II—we’re delighted to share this valuable archive with our audience.”
“CriticalPast was created to make securing historical video footage and images easy and cost effective for professionals and consumers,” said Jim Erickson, cofounder, CriticalPast. “Our partnership with blinkx further enables us to grow revenue, extend our promise and mission, and connect with users who are eager to access our extensive archive of historic videos and one of a kind still images.”
As the pioneer in video search technology, blinkx has built a reputation as the smartest way to find rich media on the Web. The company has made more than 720 partners and indexed over 35 million hours of video and audio content to date.
blinkx plc (LSE AIM: BLNX) is the world's largest and most advanced video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 35 million 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 www.blinkx.com.
CriticalPast LLC was formed by a team of archival research, film, and Internet professionals, working together to create one of the largest privately held, online archival footage sources in the world. Its royalty-free collection spans more than 57,000 historic videos, 7 million still photos, and continues to grow. The company’s world-class storage and hosting environment and unique image processing algorithms allow it to instantly transcode full-resolution images into various formats on demand, filling customer orders in minutes, for download or shipping worldwide. Drawn largely from U.S. government agency sources, the clips and images in the CriticalPast collection are available for license without the clearance concerns encountered when ordering from typical stock footage providers. Visit us at http://www.criticalpast.com, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, @CriticalPast.
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