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New Service To Find Your Top TV

Video search site blinkx.com has launched a new service to help people find TV programmes on the internet.

The new service is called blinkx Remote and allows users to search for programmes produced by the UK’s five terrestrial broadcasters.

As well as searching, people can browse by title, genre or provider.

“The online video landscape has changed dramatically over the past year - what was once the domain of short-form, user-generated material, has become the realm of premium television,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO of blinkx.

“It’s a tremendous source of news and entertainment for consumers, but the content is spread across myriad sites belonging to national broadcasters and media giants.

“blinkx Remote uses our award-winning video search technology to help consumers find their favorite TV shows quickly, easily and in one place.”

The site promises to offer users nothing but full length, legally available episodes of their favourite TV programmes. Users can also sign up for an RSS feeds or email alerts of their top picks.

blinkx already offer a very extensive video search engine online, which brings together content from all over the internet, offering more than 26 million hours of audio and video content.

The new service, however, only covers official content from big broadcasters such as the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. This means that there is no spam, illegal content, or inappropriate material.

But it also makes the content available quite limited. A search for Channel 4’s popular sitcom ‘Peep Show’ on the new service yielded no results, where searching on the main blinkx site gave 3,979,000 results, including many full episodes.

A spokesperson for blinkx told Sky News: “The product is in its first phase and we anticipate the official content available to grow.

“With the rise of services like the iPlayer and project Kangeroo, there is now the need to search for this content in one place.

“We’re hoping that what Google has done for text search, blinkx Remote will do for web TV.”

There are currently more than 1,000 programmes available via the new service.

US broadcasters will allow UK customers to access their content, so shows like CSI will be viewable by users.