Blinkx to offer ‘Prom Queen’ sequel, expands niche titles

30 08 2007

Blinkx, the self-styled ‘world’s largest video search engine’ has unveiled a raft of new content partnerships in the past couple of days, including the sequel to Prom Queen, the Emmy-nominated online drama produced by Michael Eisner’s Vuguru new media studio.

Starting today, new two-minute episodes will be available via Blinkx, with further episodes added daily during the three-week series run. Blinkx and Vuguru will share revenue, based on number of views.

More than 15 million people watched the first series when it premiered last Spring, with the majority of traffic driven through an exclusive premier window with MySpace.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Blinkx said it had signed 28 new content partnerships with niche and specialist content providers, expanding still further the breadth and depth of its offer.

Broadband TV channels Cycling TV and Wedding TV are among the new partners, alongside music video site Eye Music Network and professionally-produced video travel guides from GeoBeats

Last June it was reported that Blinkx is working on its own video aggregation service to rival Joost, due to launch this autumn.

Pyro.TV brings online video to Facebook

29 08 2007

Online video aggregator and rich media publisher Vibe Solutions has integrated its Pyro.TV portal with Facebook, offering the social network’s 24 million users access to a range of video content from networks such as ABC, NBC, Comedy Central and CNN.

Facebook users can embed a version of the Pyro.TV player in their profile and customise channel line-ups.

The development follows last month’s announcement that Pyro.TV had partnered with video search engine Blinkx.

In related Facebook news, online measurement firm Hitwise reveals that the social network is now the 10th most-visited site in the U.K. and is ranked 20th when it comes to diverting onward traffic to retail sites.

Online Video Industry Index

3 07 2007

A handy directory of the main players in the online video business, both B2B and B2C; focused on the US market.