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blinkx Partners with European Commission Audiovisual Service to Make Content Searchable Online

San Francisco, Calif. - SEPTEMBER 11, 2006 - blinkx, the smartest and largest video search engine on the Web, today announced that multimedia content from European Commission Audiovisual Service will be fully searchable at

European Commission Audiovisual Service offers video, photo and sound coverage of European news with material dating from the 1940s.  Under the terms of the agreement, hundreds of hours of content covering a variety of EU subjects will be available at

“Our users appreciate the breadth of subject material they can find at, and we are pleased to offer news coverage specific to the EU through this partnership,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CTO, blinkx.

“By making our content available through we hope to provide easy access to informative and relevant news content coming out of the EU,” said Alain Dumort, Head of the Audiovisual Service, Directorate-General Communication.  “blinkx’s video search capabilities are ideal for our multimedia content and we are excited to extend the ways in which users can find and view this information.”

The Audiovisual Service’s contribution to the blinkx platform includes, on the one hand, video stockshots, genuine image banks for use by media professionals and, on the other hand, video news releases, institutional productions providing information on main Community policies.

As the pioneer in video search technology, blinkx has built a reputation as the smartest way to search, based on its advanced speech recognition technology that delivers more accurate and reliable results than metadata-based keyword services, such as those offered by companies like Google and Yahoo!.

About blinkx is the world’s largest and most comprehensive video search engine. Today, has indexed more than 5,000,000 hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx’ founders set out to solve a significant challenge - as TV and Garage Video on the Web xplode, 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 a privately-held company based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at

About European Commission

The European Commission’s Audiovisual Service are the EU related news and archive service providing indispensable information tailored for professionals in the media, supplying up to the minute audiovisual news coverage to the media around the world and deliver unique archive on the history of the EU. We offer video, photo and sound coverage of European news.

We also provide assistance for journalists wishing to cover EU subjects. Get the sights and sounds of Europe directly onto your screen - via the Internet and via Europe by Satellite. All our materials are available in professional standards. European audiovisual material dating from the 1940s is also available. We supply unbiased and reliable news services to broadcasters, news agencies, written press, and anyone who seeks to spread information on the activities carried out by the European Commission and other EU institutions.

The European Commission’s Audiovisual Service is committed to expanding and adapting our products and services in order to offer users information they can trust because of its depth and its breadth, its speed and its accuracy. Information that is easy to find and to use, in fact, the information that you need.

Press Contact:

Tim Turpin
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