Blinkx Fires Off BBTV
Web-video startup Blinkx says its new BBTV, released today, is a significant advancement in the online television industry. Available via downloaded application, BBTV is intended to bring a more TV-like experience to the Web, alongside speech and visual recognition technology.
Blinkx calls it a hybrid of peer-to-peer streaming technology and a point-and-click channel interface that allows for full-screen, TV-quality content. Launching with a library of independent films and select TV programming, BBTV viewers can access peripheral features like automatically-created transcripts and content-related information via "clickable video."
“Broadband Internet connections are fast enough today that with the right technology, it’s possible to deliver an experience that’s equal in quality to television. Consumers are accustomed to Online Video: short-form, often amateur clips that play in a Web browser – blinkx BBTV delivers Online Television: full-length, professional TV programming, delivered in exceptional quality,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO of blinkx.
That broadband is fast enough and ready capacity-wise for this kind of service is an interesting statement in light of Comcast’s recent controversies regarding peer-to-peer network BitTorrent and recent moves to degrade high-definition signals to make way for extra channels. Suranga either means connections made outside the US, or connections made on non-cable networks.
Blinkx says they will be adding dozens of additional channels and premium video content over the coming months. BBTV is of course compatible with Blinkx’s AdHoc contextual video advertising platform.