Now It’s Time for Your Regularly Scheduled Video Search Update
January 10, 2007 12:58 PM
In my ongoing quest to report on developments in video search, I am taking the temperature of three of the leading video search engines this week— Truveo, Clipblast and Blinkx. I want to see how easy or hard it is to find videos from various networks on their sites.
I start with Truveo at searchvideo.com. I plug in A&E’s “Criss Angel Mindfreak” and the results bring up an episode on AOL Video. That’s good news since it’s a network-sanctioned version, not a pirated one. I click on a Truveo link to find the show on iTunes too, but I get some funky error message saying Truveo can’t locate iTunes on my computer. Well, we all know I have iTunes.
Next, I try Discovery’s “Mythbusters.” That search brings me directly to the Discovery.com page on “Mythbusters.” Discovery should be quite pleased.
I move to ClipBlast. I decide to look up “MTV Unplugged,” but I only find Bob Dylan videos from 1994. Next I try “Laguna Beach,” but only get results for local CBS stations’ news clips on the California locale. Then I spot a link near the bottom of the first page of results for MTV Overdrive, MTV’s broadband service. MTV probably wants that link to be higher in the results, but at least it’s there.
Next I go to Blinkx to try “Rachael Ray.” As you can imagine, a search for Ms. Ray is bound to yield a wide range of results. But I am curious which of her ventures will appear first. The first result is a clip for “30 Minute Meals.” But it’s from MSNBC, not Food Network. Weird.
The good news is that results are improving. The same search conducted in August would primarily have yielded links to unauthorized clips of these shows on YouTube or other sites.