SnapStream Brings The “Power Of Search” To Television Programming

Imagine TiVo on steroids combined with a search engine like Google. It exists today, but for the enterprise market. That product is called SnapStream TV and it allows thousands of hours of programming to be recorded – up to 10 shows simultaneously – and then, using closed caption transcripts, brings keyword search and related capabilities to any content element in that recorded programming. (There's a somewhat less powerful consumer version of the device, called Beyond TV, available as well.) All of that content can be accessed and searched via a PC/browser over a network. Video aler [...]

From My Inbox: Some Search Tools To Check Out

After Yahoo-Microsoft madness, there's been a bit of a lull so I'm cleaning out my inbox and wanted to mention a few items that might be of interest. Below, a way to quickly search blogs & social media sites all at once, a new video search tool, a study into automatic search queries, an awesome Twitter search tool, a way to track search rankings over time, and a compilation of Google help info for site owners, from Google, in PDF form. Plus, a way to see headlines from blogs and news sites in a variety of subjects, including search marketing. Addict-o-matic From Dave Pell of Rollyo, it l [...]

A Closer Look At EveryZing

For those of you in need of a turn-key, hosted solution to gain natural search engine visibility for your video and audio content, the company EveryZing says they’re the ticket. EveryZing’s solution consists of a suite of products: ezSEARCH, ezSEO, and RAMP. The products are designed to provide users with a powerful multimedia search tool, publishers with the metrics and editorial controls, and search engines with crawlable text-based fodder they reward with higher rankings. At the core of EveryZing’s product is a speech-to-text technology developed by BBN Technologies with $50 [...]

Blinkx Keeps On Keepin’ On

Video Search engine Blinkx has announced five ad deals in recent weeks, along with other new initiatives. Blinkx reminds me of the old New Riders of The Purple Sage song, "Keep on Keepin’ on." Despite mounting competition from both bigger rivals like Yahoo, Google, AOL, and new start-ups, Blinkx just "keeps keepin’ on". Blinkx has signed online advertising deals with three TV programmers, including the creator of the popular children's TV show Barney And Friends. The revenue-sharing deals are with HIT Entertainment, Channel 5 Broadcasting in London, and Cheflive. They involve d [...]

Flickr Launches Video; It’s Not A YouTube Clone

Flickr is arguably the jewel in Yahoo's crown -- a great site that in many ways has no peer. Now, after a long wait, video has been added. One might imagine that this is intended to compete with Google's YouTube, but as the Flickr blog explains the new capabilities have been set up to complement the existing Flickr culture and community. It's very different than YouTube. Videos are limited to 90 seconds and can only be uploaded by "pro" account holders (paid). Everyone can watch video, however. There's an emphasis on personal material and not third-party or copyrighted clips (e.g., The Dail [...]

In-Depth With EveryZing Chief Revenue Officer Stephen Baker

EveryZing, the search solutions provider well-known for offering speech-recognizable, time-coded, linkable transcripts for video and audio content in their multimedia search engine, today announced the official launch of its commercial program to larger media publishers. Recently I conducted an exclusive interview with Stephen Baker, Chief Revenue Officer for EveryZing. Months ago I had the opportunity to preview a beta of their program on the website, and Baker informed me since they've signed new major clients such as Reuters, Dow Jones, Intercom Radio, MarketWatch, and Tivo&m [...]

EveryZing Introduces Multimedia Optimization Tools For Publishers, SEOs

EveryZing announced today that it has launched ezSEO AND ezSEARCH, two products designed to improve the findability of audio and video content by both web search engines and content provider site search services. ezSEO is a templated publishing system that can rapidly build thousands of pages that are search friendly, even when the content is primarily video or audio content that lacks keyword rich text. ezSEO uses patented speech-to-text recognition technology to extract relevant text from audio and video and then populates pages with topically dense content. The system can create snippets w [...]

Meet The Moguls At Tube Mogul

One of the "feel good" stories of the past year is Tube Mogul, the little start up that has come to support over 15,000 video creators as the video distribution and metrics tool of choice Tube Mogul began when a couple of UC Berkeley Business School students (John Hughes and Brett Wilson) decided to enter a university business plan competition. They wrote a plan for a company enabling web video metrics and won a $17,500 1st prize that also came with a cubicle of incubator space in the basement of a hotel adjacent to the campus. They identified and are attempting to resolve the followin [...]

YouTube Readies For “Super Tuesday” With Mapping Site

Google has been plotting election results from the US presidential primaries on maps. Those maps have included candidate and news videos. But now for "Super Tuesday" (February 5), Google is doing something somewhat more ambitious over at YouTube -- call it "Super Tubesday." The site will offer geotagged political videos from candidates, users, and various news outlets. The Google LatLong Blog explains: Anyone -- from candidates and voters to members of media -- can upload videos to YouTube and geotag them so they can be tracked and viewed on a Google Map that resides in the Super Tuesday ch [...]

Google’s Video Sites Gain Market Share

Americans are increasingly turning to the web for video, averaging 3.25 hours of video per person during the month of November, according to new data released by comScore today. Americans viewed nearly 9.5 billion online videos during the month and Google was the leading destination, with 3 billion videos viewed (31.3 percent share of all videos viewed), 2.9 billion of which occurred at (30.6 percent). Fox Interactive Media ranked second with 419 million videos viewed (4.4 percent), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 328 million (3.5 percent) and Viacom Digital with 304 million (2.6 per [...]

TV Is Dead: Long Live Distributed Video

Almost since its mainstream introduction in the 1940s and 1950s, television has been the dominant mass medium. Today, television ad revenues in the US are estimated to be between $60 and $70 billion. But the internet, like cable TV and DVRs before it, is shaking up the industry and fundamentally changing consumer behavior. There are what might be called "structural shifts" happening in viewing habits. The TV itself isn't going away, but TV as we have known it may be. Yesterday the Pew Internet & American Life Project was just the latest to put out survey findings that document the accelerati [...]

Sony In Video Deal With Google & Viacom Deals With Five Competing Online Video Providers

Sony has announced a deal to provide Google's YouTube five-minute clips of some of their most popular TV shows. Some of those shows include "Married With Children" and "Newsradio," but they plan on adding more shows and even original content in the future. Viacom has agreed to provide videos for distribution on Dailymotion, GoFish, iMeem, MeeVee, and Veoh Networks. Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman told Reuters: We're at a phase of the development of the Internet, when we are seeing the accumulation of a lot of incremental changes that makes it easier for consumers and users to naviga [...]

Truveo Index Hits 100 Million Videos

AOL-owned video search engine Truveo announced yesterday that its video index had reached 100 million videos and predicted that number would climb to a billion by 2009. The company also said that its search index grew in 2007 from a base of just five million videos at relaunch in August, 2007. Truveo has also been aggressively pushing out internationally. Video is clearly one of the consumer battlegrounds and premium categories for marketers as branding dollars move increasingly online. However, monetizing online video is still far from a clear proposition. Consumers generally don't respond [...]

Video Search Engine Truveo Expands To More Countries

As part of its continuing international rollout, AOL-owned video search engine Truveo has launched in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, and Turkey. The site has experienced dramatic growth since its relaunch in August as a consumer destination. According to the press release, 70 percent of Truveo traffic now comes from outside the US market. [...]

In Parallel Universe, Porn Producer Sues YouTube Clone

The world of pornography often mirrors the world of "respectable" publishing and content. For years the adult film awards in LA both mocked and aspired to be like the Oscars. Porn producers are also often tech pioneers, the most famous example of which is the adoption of the VCR early on for distribution. And many online ad networks and webhosts built their businesses on porn. For example, until about a week ago, roughly a third of AdBrite's ad impressions were porn (according to TechCrunch). With the rise of YouTube has come a parallel universe of online video porn. One site that apes YouTub [...]

Hotly Debated Video Destination Hulu Launches In Private Beta

TechCrunch and Techmeme offer lots of discussion and long posts about the NBC Universal and News Corporation joint video venture and challenge to YouTube: Hulu. The site is not yet open to the public but many of the videos it will be streaming can be seen today on distribution partner AOL. There are both full-length shows and movies being distributed via the site itself and its partner network, which includes Yahoo, Microsoft, MySpace, AOL, and others. There's currently no user-generated content and no downloading. There are commercials, but they will be fewer and less intrusive ("limited co [...]

Superpages Rolls Out Video Advertising Nationally

Local search and directory provider Superpages has announced video advertising on a national basis after a several-month test in selected U.S. markets. All the major U.S. yellow pages advertisers are now offering video advertising, though all are in early stages of rolling it out. To my knowledge, Superpages is the only performance-based model where bidding would be involved. Superpages is charging advertisers a one-time $990 production fee and a small monthly recurring fee to have a video icon associated with their listings. For each consumer stream/click, advertisers would also be charged [...]

Truveo Adds European Videos From Kewego

AOL-owned video search engine Truveo has struck a deal with European white label video platform Kewego to offer European television and other EU video content (from 20 countries) to audiences through Truveo. In August Truveo relaunched as a consumer destination and comprehensive video search engine and portal that hopes to eventually challenge YouTube. Most of the videos on Kewego appear to stream within a player on the site rather than referring out to a third party site, which Truveo does some of the time based on its partner requirements. [...]

Blinkx Offers Video Ad Widget, Does Partnership With Social Search Engine Eurekster

On the heels of yesterday's Google AdSense video announcement, video search engine Blinkx has announced advertising for video using its "AdHoc" contextual ad platform. The difference is that the AdHoc contextual ad widget works with other video players embedded in third-party sites. As explained by the press release: Based on Blinkx’s ground-breaking AdHoc platform, the new widget places unobtrusive, highly-relevant text advertisements against embedded video from popular sharing sites such as YouTube, GoogleVideo, and DailyMotion. Blinkx will share 50 percent of the revenue generated fro [...]

Search People In Video From Reuters

Greg recently mentioned that Reuters have launched a new video/people search engine powered by Viewdle, and I've been playing around with it. While it has some drawbacks (currently it's only possible to search through 612 hours of footage held by Reuters), it has a lot of features that I like. The results screen tells you how many videos have been located that feature the person you're interested in, the context ("Mandela statue unveiled in London"), date of the video, overall length, and time the searched for individual is on screen for. When viewing a video it starts at the point where the [...]

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