Google to Archive Personal Video Clips
Google will begin accepting personal video clip submissions to be included in search results, Google co-founder Larry Page said Monday at a cable industry convention in San Francisco. The clips will become part of Google Video, which indexes the closed captioning text of television programming.
Google began beta testing the prototype video search engine in January, which content from PBS, Fox News, CSPAN and local ABC and NBC affiliates in San Francisco.
Users of Google Video can see still images from the clips, but cannot view video or read a transcript of the program due to unsettled licensing terms. In the meantime, an "About this show" side panel provides information on the program's next air time.
Also announced Monday, Google will begin to provide data about Web searches to the "Current" television network. Current is a youth-oriented channel financed by former United States Vice President Al Gore and other investors.
Google rival Yahoo has also begun promoting its own TV and video search site, which launched as a beta in December of 2004. In contrast to Google, Yahoo's technology works by analyzing text found around video links as well as metadata. Yahoo has also partnered up with TVEyes to index closed captioning content from BBC, Bloomberg and Sky programming.
More details about Google Video plans will be disclosed later this week, the company said.