blinkx Partners with Leading News Agency AFP for Global News Coverage
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.—May 16, 2011—blinkx, the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine, today announced a partnership with Agence France-Presse (AFP), the global news agency known for delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of events shaping our world. blinkx users will now be able to find and watch videos from AFP covering various categories of news, including politics, sports, business, entertainment, health, science and technology at www.blinkx.com.
AFP is the first news agency to offer full HD coverage—since September 2010—and has expanded its video-production network to over 90 units operating around the world, producing 150 new videos per day in seven languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Arabic and Polish). blinkx users will have access to the highest quality footage, scriptwriting and storytelling. AFP is also recognized worldwide for its unique perspective and its ability to get to what’s beyond the headlines.
“Our partnership with AFP further strengthens and expands our news coverage from the world’s most respected news organizations,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO of blinkx. “It’s clear that consumers are interested in accessing a broad spectrum of news programming and we are thrilled to bring AFP’s premium news videos to our users around the world.”
“We at AFP pride ourselves on delivering fast, accurate news coverage from every corner of the world,” said Emmanuel Hoog, chairman and CEO of AFP. “We’re pleased to leverage blinkx’s unique search technology to make our content discoverable and available to new audiences everywhere.”
As the pioneer in video search technology, blinkx has built a reputation as the smartest way to find rich media on the Web. The company has made more than 720 partners and indexed over 35 million hours of video and audio content to date.
blinkx plc (LSE AIM: BLNX) is the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 35 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.
AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. With 2,900 journalists spread across almost every country, AFP covers the world 24 hours a day in six languages. AFP delivers the news in video, text, photos, multimedia and graphics to a wide range of customers including newspapers and magazines, radio and TV channels, web sites and portals, mobile operators, corporate clients as well as public institutions. For more information about AFP, please go to www.afp.com.
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