San Francisco, Calif. - 27 February 2006 - blinkx, the smartest thing on the Web, has won the Gold Award for the Best Video Search Engine in the leading internet consumer magazine, Webuser. Beating off competition from bigger players and niche video search services, www.blinkx.tv - the only search engine that is optimised for searching rich media content - was praised by the publication for "being unlike any other video search engine".
Six leading video search engines were judged on how successful they were at finding four different types of content: sport, TV entertainment, music and news. They were also tested on their "browsability", "user-friendliness" and "overall quality".
blinkx scored an overall 5 stars out of 5 to win the 2006 Webuser Gold Award for the best video search engine. "blinkx lets you search for video either by typing in keywords, or by combing its 10 TV channels. These span everything from short films and movie trailers to educational broadcasts and commercials," said Suranga Chandratillake, CTO and founder of blinkx. "Using blinkx you can find results for any manner of search terms ranging from Coldplay music videos to news reports covering Iran's nuclear threat."
blinkx.tv uses advanced speech recognition technology to automatically index and transcribe video making search rapid and efficient. In addition, blinkx's unique index capabilities allow users to not only find the exact story they are interested in, but also jump inside the video to the exact point they are searching for.
As a pioneer in video search, blinkx.tv has been gaining rapid momentum with both users and content providers, adding thousands of hours of video content to its index every week as well as winning new users from all around the world. With over a million hours of sports, news and entertainment programming, blinkx has become the definitive place to find and watch clips from more than 50 popular content partners.
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.