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blinkx Announces Partnership With Orb Networks to Bring 35 Million Hours of TV, Video and Audio to Orb TV and Orb BR Users
Agreement brings popular TV news shows, Bloomberg, BBC and more to Orb BR and Orb TV
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1, 2011 — blinkx, the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine, today announced a partnership with Orb Networks to bring more than 35 million hours of TV, video and audio content to Orb BR and Orb TV users. From news (Bloomberg, BBC) to fashion (Chic.TV, Fashion TV) to health and fitness (Real Health TV, Turning Point TV), the blinkx catalog is now offered through Orb’s products, making it easier than ever to enjoy blinkx around the home – on any screen.
“We are giving our users an incredible selection of content, with more than 35 million hours of video from blinkx, building on all of the content that we currently offer from Hulu and other sources,” said Joe Costello, CEO of Orb Networks. “With Orb TV and Orb BR, consumers now have another way to watch all of this great blinkx content, and are no longer limited to viewing it on their computers.”
“Orb has a truly innovative and flexible offering to bring online media to TVs,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO at blinkx. “We’re pleased to deliver our robust video search technology and our massive index of professionally produced video to Orb customers everywhere.”
Orb TV ($99), a hockey puck-sized device that plugs into any TV, enables consumers to stream online video, photos and music to a TV. It is easy to set up and simply controlled through a smartphone app (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and Android Tablet), or using any computer. In addition to blinkx content, Orb TV provides consumers with easy access to thousands of movies and TV shows through services such as Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Hulu and Comedy Central. Orb TV also allows consumers to stream their personal content – including home movies, downloaded files, photos and music – from any PC to a TV screen.
Orb BR ($19.99) is a software solution that leverages the power of PS3s and connected Blu-ray players to bring users the same content as Orb TV – without any additional hardware purchase. Orb BR transforms a Blu-ray player into a complete streaming solution – and all controlled using a smartphone. With today’s announcement, Orb BR brings blinkx content to the millions of PS3s and connected Blu-ray players in the market.
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.
About Orb Networks
Based in Oakland, California, Orb Networks, Inc. is the leader in digital media streaming solutions for the digital home and remote access applications. In addition to Orb TV and Orb BR, Orb Networks offers the Orb Music Player ($79) that streams iTunes and Pandora to any home stereo; and Orb Live, the first service that enables consumers to stream popular premium online TV shows, sports, movies and more directly to their smartphone. For more information about Orb products, please visit www.orb.com.