SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - July 25, 2005 - continuing their recent string of partnerships with major broadcasters, blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer and on the Web, today announced a content partnership with The History Channel UK to make clips from The Biography Channel fully searchable on demand through www.blinkx.tv. Additional content from The History Channel is also expected to be available to blinkx users shortly. Adding a new cultural dimension to blinkx TV, today's partnership extends blinkx's existing video index, which currently comprises hundreds of hours of news, sport and entertainment content from major broadcasters such as Fox, Reuters and GMTV as well as numerous specialist channels.
blinkx TV will provide an instant link to footage featuring the most significant personalities past and present, who have made, or are making, world history. In a move that links the best of the past with the technology of the future, in partnership with The History Channel, blinkx.tv is bringing the people and major events of past and present to life on the desktop for millions of blinkx users.
Adding The Biography Channel, www.thebiographychannel.co.uk, to blinkx's growing list of channels makes programming dedicated to the stars of the past, present and future, from Jean Harlow, the first sex symbol of talking pictures to modern day icons Paris Hilton and Brad Pitt fully searchable on demand for the first time. The service is expected to be expanded shortly to include content from the History Channel, with clips spanning world events from the American Civil War to scams in Vegas, linking blinkx users straight to the most comprehensive, authoritative broadcaster of historical content.
"With the number of broadband users in the UK increasing everyday we are able to showcase many of our TV shows online, giving viewers the chance to watch excerpts from upcoming programmes. Building up the volume of such video content on The Biography Channel website has been a priority over the past 12 months and working with such an innovative technology partner as blinkx enables us to make this content fully searchable and easily accessible on the desktop," said Emily Lloyd, Head of New Media for The History and Biography Channels.
"The sheer volume and variety of content available on www.blinkx.tv is growing at a phenomenal rate as blinkx gathers momentum in all territories. We're delighted to partner to make clips from The Biography Channel fully searchable and available on demand to blinkx users in the UK," said Suranga Chandratillake, CTO and Founder, blinkx. "Today's announcement adds yet another major broadcaster to blinkx's extensive list of content partners and even more high quality video footage to our growing video index. As more and more users turn to the net to find and watch video content, switching from the living room to the desktop, we're pleased to provide a unique service that brings thousands of hours of video content together, so users can search across numerous channels and be instantly linked to the content they want."
blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer and on the Web, is changing the way that people think about search. Only blinkx can harness the desktop, Web and TV - unifying content with a one stop search tool. Available to users on the Web at www.blinkx.com and www.blinkx.tv, as well as free to download, blinkx automatically and intelligently links to content anywhere and in any format, on the Web, on the desktop and even on TV. blinkx's conceptual toolbar means users are no longer limited to keyword search; instead, blinkx assesses all the information that the user is actively viewing, and automatically recommends and retrieves relevant content, from local, Web and TV searches, based on context. In addition, www.blinkx.tv makes thousands of hours of TV content fully searchable and available on demand for the first time. blinkx is a privately-held company based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.