blinkx Signs Popular Comedy Partners to Bring Users Original Skits, Parodies and More
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - April 09, 2008 - blinkx, the world’s largest video search engine, today announced new partnerships with some of the world’s funniest online comedy video sites, including DailyComedy.com, Comedy Time, Comedy.com and National Banana. Through these partnerships, viewers, comedy enthusiasts and joke-tellers alike will be able to browse and watch an extensive library of stand-up, skits and parodies. Leveraging its unique AdHoc platform, blinkx will also place contextually relevant advertising against these videos, and share resulting advertising revenue with partners.
Anyone with a sense of humor is guaranteed to find something to laugh about at blinkx. Enjoy the hit comedy/variety show “LateNet with Ray Ellin at DailyComedy.com”, check out a “funnysode” of “Roscoe the Party Dog” at Comedy Time, take a look at what made Comedy.com’s “LOL List” and view one of their acclaimed original series, or watch National Banana’s “Web Site Story” musical, all available at www.blinkx.com.
“With both professional and aspiring comedians taking their stand-up and skits straight to the Internet, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of the funniest content lives online”, said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO of blinkx. “We’re thrilled to make this home-grown humor available on blinkx.com, and look forward to the laughs to come.”
“It’s crucial to National Banana, as a producer of comedic content, that we do something to make our investors think that we are a legitimate Internet company,” said Patrick Panzarella, CEO of National Banana. “blinkx has assured us that their unique technology and vast network will enable us to get wider exposure than ever before. Fingers and toes crossed.”
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.
DailyComedy.com is the first and only comedy-specific social networking website that provides people with fresh and topical material from A-list professional comedians in both text and video on a daily basis. The site allows aspiring comedians the chance to feature their work for an opportunity to get discovered. Comedy enthusiasts can create their own comedy pages, post their own content and their own videos. DailyComedy.com is tailor-made for the interactive space and includes several series of recurring “Bitcoms” (bite-size sitcoms specially made for the internet), including The Single Bachelor and Streettalk as well as the hit comedy/variety show LateNet with Ray Ellin, a late-night format that has welcomed guests such as Chevy Chase, Hank Azaria, Richard Belzer, Fran Drescher, and many more.
About Comedy Time
The Comedy Time Network launched in July, 2004 as one of the first made-for-mobile networks and has become the global market leader in the production, distribution and licensing of original comedy content created for mobile and broadband. In the U.S. alone it is distributed to over 3,500,000 subscribers is one of the most popular mobile channels in the United States. In the U.S. it is available on Sprint, VCAST, Cingular, MobiTV, Altel, and U.S. wireless. Internationally Comedy Time is distributed in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Mexico, South America, South Africa, the Philippines, Eastern Europe, and Singapore and is rapidly growing its international presence. Comedy Time is also available on broadband as a channel on AOL Video, Google Video, Yahoo!, Real Networks Superpass, ROO and others.
Comedy.com is the premiere destination for funny content on the internet. The company features original content updated daily, hundreds of stand-up clips, and the best content from across the web handpicked by the Comedy.com staff. The company also syndicates original content through leading video portals and social networks as well as mobile and emerging technology platforms. Launched in 2007, Comedy.com is quickly becoming the most trusted name in comedy on the internet.
About National Banana
National Banana.com is a newly-established New Media company that is creating comedic content for the web, wireless, e-commerce, and traditional media outlets.
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