SAN FRANCISCO - Oct.24, 2005 - blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer, today announced an agreement with Akimbo, the first to deliver digital-quality video-on-demand to any television via a broadband-Internet connection. Under the agreement, blinkx will index Akimbo's video database, allowing users of the website, www.blinkx.tv, to find and send the programs they want to their Akimbo Player or any Microsoft Windows Media Center 2005 with just a click of their mouse. Akimbo's award-winning service uses the Internet to connect people with the programming they want, when they want it. With over 5,200 titles from 80 different channels, Akimbo's programming ranges from off the wall animated comedy as found in IFILM to do-it-yourself, informational shows from DIY Network and Food Network, to fascinating documentaries from The History Channel® and National Geographic. Akimbo's broad array of programming has something for everyone to enjoy.
The Web has changed the communications landscape, providing access to massive amounts of information and entertainment. Now, with the expansion of broadband in the home, Akimbo's service is the next step in entertainment. It gives users the ability to order their favorite programs anytime, anywhere from the Web delivering them via download directly to television sets.
blinkx's partnership with Akimbo will bring a new level of information to the Akimbo Directory. blinkx.tv will automatically transcribe and index Akimbo's content allowing users to find the exact program, movie or news item they are looking for, to download and view on-demand.
"Blinkx offers the kind of innovative technology that Akimbo likes to support and is becoming known for. blinkx's automatic transcription will help Akimbo subscribers find their favorite programs more easily than ever," said Steve Shannon, founder and executive vice president of Akimbo.
"Akimbo has great content from some of the best known names in entertainment, as well as hard-to-find programming that is not available anywhere else. We are extremely excited to be partnering with them and bringing even more great entertainment to our users," said Jon Gregg, VP business development, blinkx.
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.
With the Akimbo Service, your wish is on demand® Akimbo was named "Best of What's New" by Popular Science and accepted 2005 Digital World Innovations and CES Best of Innovations 2005 awards. With 12 patent applications featuring more than 150 patent claims, Akimbo is the first company to deliver digital-quality video-on-demand to any television via a broadband-Internet connection. Akimbo has offices in Los Angeles and San Mateo, Calif. and is a privately held company funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Sprout Group and Zone Ventures. For more information, visit www.akimbo.com