Bellevue, Wash., June 25, 2007 - InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSP), a leading developer of proprietary metasearch technologies, today formally announced a partnership with blinkx, the world’s largest video search engine, to offer video search capabilities for InfoSpace's family of metasearch brands including Dogpile.com, the award-winning search engine which returns top results from Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live and Ask.com to provide users with the most relevant and useful information. As consumer demand for online video content continues to grow, the partnership allows InfoSpace to offer users the same breadth and relevancy of video search results as it does with text-based Web search results.
"Video search has become increasingly popular among today’s Web searchers and this addition allows us to offer Dogpile users a more visual and interactive search experience,” said Brian McManus, executive vice president of the online business unit at InfoSpace. “blinkx is a leader in the video search space and we chose them to power our offering because of their extensive video content library and advanced video search technology. blinkx also provides results from a variety of video aggregators such as Brightcove, which makes this partnership a great fit for Dogpile, as the leading metasearch site in the U.S.”
In addition to this newly added video search capability, InfoSpace recently unveiled a revamped Dogpile.com site with a refreshed look and feel, enhanced usability and an improved metasearch algorithm. Based on the principle that no single search engine can deliver the most relevant results 100% of the time, Dogpile.com combines results from multiple engines to bring together the highest ranked results in one place. As a testament to the quality of the site, in 2006, Dogpile.com received the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates award, ranking it ‘Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Internet Users with Primary Search Engines/Functions’ in the U.S.A.
"InfoSpace has a well-established and trusted family of metasearch products, and we’re delighted to provide video search capabilities to their millions of users worldwide," said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx. "This partnership continues to build upon the momentum for our patented conceptual search technology and further demonstrates our leadership in the online video arena."
As a pioneer in video search technology, blinkx has built a reputation as the most intuitive way to search new forms of online content such as video. With more than 100 partners and twelve million hours of indexed video and audio content, including favorite TV moments, news clips, short documentaries, music videos, video blogs and more, blinkx uses advanced speech recognition technology to deliver results that are more accurate and reliable than standard metadata-based keyword searches. In addition to Dogpile.com, video content from blinkx is now available on InfoSpace's WebFetch, WebFetchPro, and WebCrawler sites.
Web metasearch engine Dogpile (www.dogpile.com), ranked highest in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, makes it easy for users to search more of the Web by drawing together the top results from the most popular search engines. Dogpile.com is part of the InfoSpace family of Web search and online directory properties.
InfoSpace, Inc. is a leading developer of tools and technologies to help people discover and enjoy content and information -- whether on a mobile phone or on the PC. InfoSpace uses its proprietary metasearch technology to power a portfolio of branded Web sites, including Dogpile (www.dogpile.com) and Zoo (www.zoo.com), a kid-friendly search engine, and provide private-label search and online directory services to consumers on a global basis. The company's mobile platform and applications, such as InfoSpace Find It! (www.infospacefindit.com), create revenue opportunities for carriers, while satisfying consumer demand for a highly relevant mobile user experience. More information can be found at www.infospaceinc.com.
blinkx (London AIM: BLNX) is the world's most comprehensive video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 12 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. Go to www.blinkx.com for more information.
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