Google to Expand Video Search

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-04-04 Print this article Print

The company plans to begin accepting digital video submissions, a Google co-founder says, in an effort to broaden its experimental video search engine.

SAN FRANCISCO—Google is ready to expand its experimentation with video search this week by allowing individuals to submit video to the search engine. Google co-founder Larry Page on Monday disclosed the companys plan to begin accepting video submissions during a session here at the 2005 National Show, a cable industry conference and tradeshow. The move would be the next step for Googles video search effort, which so far has focused on making broadcast TV content searchable. "In the next few days well start taking video submissions from people," said Page, Googles president of products. "And were not sure what were going to get with it."
Google entered the video search arena in January with a Google Labs project that indexes programming information and closed-captioning content from such networks as PBS, Fox News and C-SPAN.
So far, Google Video does not provide playback of programs, instead highlighting where a keyword appears in a transcript and displaying still-frame images of shows. Googles acceptance of video submission would follow a similar effort by competitor Yahoo Inc. When Yahoo launched a video search engine as a beta test in December, it began supporting an extension to RSS in order to accept video feeds from publishers. Page didnt provide details about Googles video-submission effort, such as the process by which it will accept submissions or how the videos will be used. A Google representative confirmed that the video submissions would be used as part of the Google Video service, but declined to provide further details until the submission product is available. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on enterprise search technology.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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