blinkx Partners with Five to Deliver Ground-breaking News to Viewers
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - April 8, 2008 - blinkx, the world’s largest video search engine, today announced a partnership with Five (www.five.tv). Visitors to blinkx.com will now be able to view highlights from Five News (www.five.tv/news). Under the terms of the agreement, blinkx will leverage its AdHoc platform to place contextually relevant advertising against the footage, and will share resulting advertising revenue with Five.
Five News is home to newscaster Natasha Kaplinsky, who joined the station earlier this year to anchor the 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. news bulletins. Users will have access to Kaplinsky’s news bulletins, updated daily. A pioneer of news style and format, and a recipient of numerous awards, Five News will also make daily news highlights available to blinkx users throughout the day.
“Our partnership with Five and other news providers makes it even easier for our users to have access to diverse coverage of world events,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO, blinkx. “We’re delighted to bring Five News’ perspective on current affairs to blinkx.com.”
“More viewers are turning to the Web for their news than ever before,” said Jonathan Lewis, head of Digital Media, Five. “We’re pleased to leverage blinkx’s unique search technology to make our content fully searchable and accessible, thereby increasing our exposure to new audiences everywhere.”
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.
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 Five News
Five News is produced by Sky News. As well as a dedicated team of 60 reporters, producers and technicians, the agreement includes unrestricted access to Sky’s existing 24-hour operation consisting of eight regional and seven international bureau: Washington; Moscow, Jerusalem, Delhi, Beijing, Johannesburg and Brussels.
Press Contacts for blinkx:
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For Five News corporate information, presenter information and visuals contact:
Kay Breeze - Head of Factual and Features Publicity
Tel: 020 7550 5659
Tristan Hopkins - Deputy Picture Editor
Tel: 020 7550 5583
For Five News editorial information, screen grabs, play down the lines, exclusives and specific programming details contact:
Stella Tooth - Head of Sky News Publicity
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7800 4289 - 07802 754877
Charlotte Reed - Sky News Assistant Publicist
Tel: 020 7705 3417 - 07920 027829
Philippa Stephens - Sky News Publicity Assistant
Tel: 0207 705 3417