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blinkx Launches BBTV Online Video Service

blinkx plc (, provider of the video search engine, has launched blinkx BBTV (Broadband TV), an online video service that enables users to view films and other programming from its partners. blinkx BBTV leverages blinkx’s patented speech and visual recognition technology to simultaneously deliver a high-quality television experience over the internet and link it to information on the web, adding dimension and context to the viewer’s experience.

Launching with a library of premium independent films and a variety of high-quality programming from existing partners, blinkx BBTV is a small download (1.8 MB) that is available free of charge at (It is available for Windows 2000/XP and Windows Vista.) blinkx BBTV offers hybrid peer-to-peer streaming and a simple point-and-click channel interface. All content appearing on BBTV is delivered over an encrypted network and protected by Microsoft DRM technologies.

blinkx’s patented video indexing automatically creates a speech track of content within the video, making it easy for viewers to navigate literally word-for-word and jump to specific points in a program, simply by searching for a spoken word or name. While watching programs or movies on blinkx BBTV, viewers can instantly access features, including transcripts of the audio track and background information on everything from actors and personalities to reviews and locations shown within the video.

In the coming months, blinkx will be adding dozens of additional channels and premium video content to the BBTV offering. It will also be working behind the scenes to power similar BBTV experiences for partner media and entertainment sites that are looking for new ways to connect with their viewers. BBTV is fully compatible with blinkx AdHoc, blinkx’s contextual advertising platform.

Source: blinkx plc

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