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blinkx Partners with the BBC to Offer Latest BBC TV Programmes

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - February 28, 2008 - blinkx, the world’s largest video search engine, today announced a partnership with BBC iPlayer, the BBC’s online on-demand service, to give blinkx viewers direct access to the latest BBC TV footage.  Through the partnership, BBC iPlayer programmes will be searchable and accessible via blinkx.com with a preview offered to users prior to viewing on the BBC’s iPlayer download or live streaming service.

A wide range of BBC programmes including comedy, factual, drama and some sport from all BBC TV channels are available to download or stream via BBC iPlayer and can now be searched for via blinkx.com.  blinkx will index all BBC iPlayer content to make it easily searchable for blinkx users and allow them to preview the clip before being directed to iPlayer.

“BBC content is renowned for its high quality and universal appeal,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx.  “Through this partnership, we’re able to further our commitment to our users by offering them the most comprehensive archive of professional TV programming available on the Web today.”

Ashley Highfield, BBC Director of Future Media and Technology, said, “The BBC’s remit is to make its content as widely available as possible to everyone in the UK.  We are therefore committed to reaching out to audiences’ wherever they are and on whatever platforms they chose to access our services.  blinkx’s unique technology and vast network means BBC TV content is even more accessible and searchable to our audiences, who can watch highlights and excerpts of our shows, and then click through to watch the full programme on BBC iPlayer.”

As the pioneer in video search technology, 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.

About blinkx

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 BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer is the BBC’s free seven day catch-up service, which allows audiences to stream and download around 250 programmes per week.  Users can choose to watch live streaming via PC, Mac and Linux and download via PC.  Once downloaded viewers’ have 30 days within which to start watching and seven days to finish watching it.  BBC iPlayer also incorporates radio ‘listen again’.  Future phases will include the full intergration of BBC Radio Player, as well as making BBC iPlayer available on TV platforms, starting with VirginMedia, mobile phones and other smart hand held devices.  All programmes are free for UK licence fee payers, at high quality and with no advertising.

Press Contacts:

Tim Turpin
Sparkpr
+1 (415) 321 1894
tturpin@sparkpr.com

Clare Gayner
Bite Communications
+44 (0)20 8834 3454
Clare.Gayner@bitepr.com