Video search engine, blinkx, has expanded its international news index, by partnering with FRANCE 24, to provide 24-hour French, English and Arabic news programming.
Stanislas Leridon, New Media and Internet Director at FRANCE 24 noted, ''This agreement with blinkx fits into our strategy of syndicating FRANCE 24 video programs throughout the world. The number and the nature of the websites affiliated with this company allows us to reinforce the notoriety of FRANCE 24 and the visibility of our programs and reports, especially in the US market.''
blinkx viewers have direct access to FRANCE 24's multilingual collection of politically and culturally diverse programming. Leveraging its unique AdHoc platform, blinkx will also place contextually relevant advertising against the footage, and will share resulting advertising revenue with FRANCE 24. Currently, blinkx offers native news and other video search in four different languages (English, French, German and Spanish).
FRANCE 24 is characterized by respect for diversity and attention to political and cultural differences and identities. It offers an in-depth analysis of current events, aiming to uncover what lies beneath the surface and reveal what the public is not used to seeing, knowing or understanding. It also gives special attention to culture and lifestyle. Deploying a decisive and bold multilingual strategy, programs are broadcast on three channels, one in French, one in English and one in Arabic. Free and unencrypted, the network broadcasts via the various platforms of the digital universe: satellite, cable, ADSL and Internet.
Suranga Chandratillake, Founder and CEO of blinkx remarked, ''When you only have access to your local television station, it can often be challenging to find different perspectives on current events – especially on the international news front. With FRANCE 24 and blinkx's other global news providers, we're making it even easier for our users to have access to diverse coverage of world events, in many different languages.''
Earlier this year, blinkx has entered into an agreement with top indie media partners, to include hours of cutting-edge film, television and music programming into its offerings. blinkx has partnered with 13 new independent content providers including Calon TV, ChannelFlip.com, Channel X, Foothill Entertainment, Future Shorts, jeko.tv, Journeyman Pictures, Looking Glass International, MoMedia, Monster Distributes, Reelport, Wysiwyg Films and YoungCuts to bring users thousands of hours of cutting-edge film, television and music programming. Through the partnerships, content will be fully searchable and playable at www.blinkx.com. Leveraging its unique AdHoc platform, blinkx will also place contextually relevant advertising against the video and share resulting revenue with partners.
blinkx serves more than 50 million unique visitors every month, with over 220 partners and 18 million hours of indexed video and audio content, including 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 (London AIM: BLNX) is a comprehensive video search engine, having indexed more than 14,000,000 hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx's patented search technologies listen to and see the web, helping users with accuracy of search results. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the world's most frequented sites. blinkx is based in San Francisco and London.