The audio and video search engine Blinkx, founded by Suranga Chandratillake, was launched in December 2004 and is headquartered in San Francisco and London. The search engine is based on a technology developed at Cambridge University. In 2007, Blinkx began developing into one of the leading video search engine providers, delivering its search results, for example:, Dogpile and Ixquick. Based on text, video and audio analysis, Blinkx enables a deeper search for video content than a pure keyword search.

Language English

Launched 2004
Closed August 2017

Developer Chandratillake, Suranga & Kathy Rittweger

Country of Origin UK

2004 - 2017 Blinkx

Topic Music, Sound & Video Search engine

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Video file search

Used SeEn blinkx

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

2004 Blinkx started with a desktop search tool for web content, news and PC files. Source

And offered a webbased search for video and tv content called Source

One Year later they offered a web based search for web content and video and tv search. Source

Since 2006 they concentrate in multimedia search: »Search over 1,000,000 hours of audio, video, podcast, vlog and television content.« Source

Since 2007 Blinkx becomes a leading provider for video search for a lot of search engines for example like Source

Wikipedia: »Through its flagship site,, blinkx pioneered video search on the Internet, developing an engine based on technology that was conceived at Cambridge University, enhanced by $150M in R&D over 15 years, and is now protected by 111 patents. [...] Through its partnerships with hundreds of media companies, including NBC, Conde Nast, Reuters and Bloomberg, blinkx has indexed and search enabled millions of hours of video content. blinkx powers video search, discovery or monetization on thousands of online properties including Lycos, Discovery Networks, Hallmark and Fox Sports. blinkx continues to pioneer innovative approaches to digital video distribution, expanding into mobile video and Connected TV through partnerships with Samsung, Sony, Roku and other industry leaders.« Source

Wikipedia: »... the site's search engine technology, [...] is known as CORE.« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality

Phillips, Tom (18 May 2010): »Blinkx claim to have around 35million hours of video indexed – including sites like YouTube and the BBC’s iPlayer – using voice-recognition technology to make the videos searchable by their actual content, not just titles and descriptions.« Source


Cohan, Peter (FEB 3, 2014): »Can one person move a stock? The answer depends on the person, the message, and the stock. In the case of Blinkx, a British online video and advertising company, the answer is Yes. For Blinkx, a professor published an analysis that raised serious questions about the company’s revenue reporting and business model. And Blinkx’s response — based largely on an attack on the professor’s professionalism — did not counter the effect of his message. On January 30, the blo Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

Boswell, Wendy: What is Blinkx? URL:
Price, Gary (Jun 28, 2005): Blinkx Now Offering Podcast Search URL:
Baker, Loren (June 14, 2006): Blinkx.TV : More Video Than Google, Yahoo or YouTube URL:
PONTIN, JASON (February 25, 2007): Millions of Videos, and Now a Way to Search Inside Them URL:
Schwartz, Barry (June 5, 2007): Blinkx, Video Search Engine, To Power Video Search URL:
Sterling, Greg (June 25, 2007): InfoSpace Introduces Video Search On Dogpile, Blinkx Offers Contextual Ad Targeting For Video URL:
Zafra, Arnold (October 8, 2007): Video Search Blinkx Meets Meta-Search Engine Ixquick URL:
blinkx Press Releases [2005-2011] URL:
Phillips, Tom (18 May 2010): Blinkx video search goes mobile URL:
Cohan, Peter (FEB 3, 2014): Harvard Prof's Blog Post Slashes Blinkx Stock Price 21% URL:
Blinkx TV White Paper URL:

Created: 2013-02-17