Blinkx does TV

Blinkx is getting really serious about its video search and has signed up the BBC, ITV, Sky and Fox and will basically allow the massive archives from these companies to become searchable. “This is basically turning the computer into a really, really big video recorder with thousands of programmes you can search and watch at any time,” Suranga Chandratillake, the British co-founder of Blinkx told The Evening Standard in UK. “This could do for television what Google did for the web.”James Enck poses an interesting question: “Looks like the TV industry is warming up to internet distribution models, though, bear that I am, I have to question whether this will generate incremental viewing, or in the case of subscription services like Sky, will mark an incremental step towards pushing viewers away from the core TV offering.” Martin Geddes who despises television like most sane people (I am not one of them!) goes one step further: “Cool people don’t watch TV. Giving TV to young kids will be like smoking during pregnancy. It happens, but it’s shameful. Anyway, British kids are too busy taking real narcotics and shoplifting to have time for TV. Video killed the radio star, but the Internet won’t kill the video star. Fashion will.”