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woomi Incorporates blinkx Video Content in OTT Offering

15 Feb 2011

Miniweb’s Video Distribution Platform Will Offer blinkx Content on Millions of Connected Devices Worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.—February 15, 2011—blinkx, the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine, today announced a partnership with woomi, the new connected TV destination from Miniweb Technologies, the leading cloud-based video distribution platform. Under the terms of the agreement, audiences worldwide will have access to blinkx’s index of over 35 million hours of online video through the woomi service.

woomi enables device manufacturers to enhance their products with a feature-rich Connected TV service that offers a wide variety of online video, including content from blinkx’s extensive index. The woomi system is enhanced with user-friendly functions such as search, discovery, single-click payments and personalization. Now live across all Samsung smart TVs in the UK, woomi will be rolling out to multiple territories over 2011.

“We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with Miniweb through our collaboration with woomi," said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx. “woomi gives users access to a diverse array of online video from multiple content partners within a single application, and optimizes the Connected TV viewing experience for users with advanced functionality like discovery, recommendation and related content – truly fusing the best of broadband and broadcast entertainment.”

“We’re delighted to be able to incorporate blinkx’s unparalleled video index into the woomi offering,” said Jerome de Vitry, CEO, Miniweb. “With compelling content partners like blinkx, woomi helps device manufacturers offer consumers a complete Connected TV solution.”

blinkx also recently launched its TV API (Application Programming Interface) designed to provide partners in the fast-growing Connected TV ecosystem – from box makers and TV manufacturers, to app developers and game consoles – access to blinkx’s index of over 35 million hours of online video.

About blinkx

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.

About Miniweb

Miniweb’s leading cloud-based video distribution platform for connected TVs (www.miniweb.tv) enables a revolutionary broadband entertainment experience on the TV. With easy navigation and consumption of Internet video, Miniweb’s ground-breaking platform provides a seamless experience across hundreds of video publishers to empower the viewer with search, recommendations, micro-payments, community and personalization functions.

Miniweb’s consumer brand, woomi (www.woomi.tv) is the first combined micro-payment and advertising supported content marketplace for connected TV devices. Woomi enables video publishers to maximize their revenue opportunities by dramatically extending their audience reach globally across any kind of connected TV device. Woomi gives TV device manufacturers and operators a wide array of content from hundreds of video publishers within a single app, allowing them a broader and richer video proposition and additional revenue streams.

Miniweb’s Connected TV Services Platform has garnered substantial industry acclaim including TVB Europe Editors’ Award Best of IBC 2009, Best Interactive Service/Application at IPTV World Series Award 2009, Pick Hit Award for Innovation at IBC 2008 and the Red Herring Europe 100 Winner 2008.

Press Contacts for blinkx

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Nicole Love
Marlin PR
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Charles Lytle
Christopher Wren
Citigroup Global Markets Ltd
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