blinkx Expands International News Index by Partnering with FRANCE 24
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - January 23, 2008 - blinkx, the world’s largest video search engine, today announced a partnership with FRANCE 24, the first French international news channel to broadcast on a 24/7 basis, to give blinkx viewers direct access to FRANCE 24’s multilingual collection of politically and culturally diverse programming. Leveraging its unique AdHoc platform, blinkx will also place contextually relevant advertising against the footage, and will share resulting advertising revenue with FRANCE 24. Currently, blinkx offers native news and other video search in four different languages (English, French, German and Spanish) at www.blinkx.com.
FRANCE 24 is characterized by respect for diversity and attention to political and cultural differences and identities. It offers an in-depth analysis of current events, aiming to uncover what lies beneath the surface and reveal what the public is not used to seeing, knowing or understanding. It also gives special attention to culture and lifestyle. Deploying a decisive and bold multilingual strategy, programs are broadcast on three channels, one in French, one in English and one in Arabic. Free and unencrypted, the network broadcasts via the various platforms of the digital universe: satellite, cable, ADSL and Internet.
“This agreement with blinkx fits into our strategy of syndicating FRANCE 24 video programs throughout the world. The number and the nature of the websites affiliated with this company allows us to reinforce the notoriety of FRANCE 24 and the visibility of our programs and reports, especially in the US market”, said Stanislas Leridon, FRANCE 24 New Media and Internet Director.
“When you only have access to your local television station, it can often be challenging to find different perspectives on current events - especially on the international news front,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO of blinkx. “With FRANCE 24 and blinkx’s other global news providers, we’re making it even easier for our users to have access to diverse coverage of world events, in many different languages.”
As the pioneer in video search technology, blinkx serves more than 50 million unique visitors every month. blinkx has built a reputation as the smartest way to search new forms of online content such as video. With more than 220 partners and 18 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.
blinkx plc (LSE AIM: BLNX) is the world’s most comprehensive video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 18 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 FRANCE 24
FRANCE 24 is the first French international news channel that offers a French perspective and sensibility on world events. FRANCE 24 broadcasts on a 24/7 basis on three channels, in French, English and Arabic, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and on the East Coast of the United States. FRANCE 24 can be accessed by all media platforms: cable, satellite and DSL. The website www.france24.com is available in 3 languages (English, French, and Arabic).
blinkx Press Contacts:
+1 (415) 321 1894
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FRANCE 24 Press Contacts:
Nathalie Lenfant - TÃ©l. : +33 (0)1 73 01 24 11 - nlenfant@FRANCE24.com
Damien Amadou -TÃ©l. : +33 (0)1 73 01 24 31 - damadou@FRANCE24.com