Google to Expand Video Search

 
 
By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-04-04
 
 
 
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.

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