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blinkx turns to the BBC

Video search engine blinkx (BLNX:AIM) has entered into a partnership with BBC iPlayer, the BBC’s online on-demand service, providing Blinkx viewers with direct access to the latest BBC TV footage.

Thanks to the deal, users of will be able to search and access BBC iPlayer programmes and will be offerred a preview before viewing the programme in full on the BBC’s iPlayer download or live streaming service.  Users of the service will be able to access a variety of BBC programmes including comedy, factual, drama, and some sport from all BBC TV channels.

blinkx will index all BBC iPlayer content so that users will be able to search for content more easily.  “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,” says chief executive, Suranga Chandratillake.  The San Francisco based company also announced content deals with US television channel, CBS, as well as The Weather Channel.  The shares ticked up to 18.1p.

Continuing to expand its portfolio, but the shares have yet to take off.