Google Video Search
This is one slick service. A while back I suggested that in order to differentiate themselves, one of the search engines should mine the depth of data that was locked up at the networks in closed captioning text.
On November 11th I wrote:
“Now if you want an idea to help you pull search from Google, how about this — proprietary search results. What do I mean by this? Find sources of content that are not presently indexed by Google and Yahoo! and offer exclusive indexing of this content through your search engine. You could start by working out a deal with the networks to be the exclusive provider of all indexed closed captioned transcripts since they’ve been collecting them.
If, when I searched for Lawrence Taylor, I got not only the 60 Minutes news stories but direct from 60 Minutes an actual transcript of the interview this would be relevancy. Just as there is with books (that A9 is exploring) television remains a vast depository of unindexed content. Get exclusive rights to this content… or out-do A9 and provide deeper indexing of books… or archive and transcribe radio… and now you’ve got something.”
Well it looks like this is exactly what Google is beginning to do. Nice work. Although they don’t name all of their partners, my next question would be when will we begin to see the rich depth of history of some of this material? Will I be able to search the last 20 years of NBC?
John Battelle has also pointed out that, not to be outdone, Yahoo! Video Search has now also suddenly appeared on the Yahoo! home page as well. Yahoo! elaborates on it here. Look for more from John on this later today. I wonder if Microsoft is working on anything in this area of search as well.
A couple of other questions immediately come to mind. Will RSS feeds be available for Video Search? When will we see actual video from Google in addition to the text — similar to what Yahoo! is planning? Will the text be integrated into Google regular searchs or will you be required to do a seperate search specifically in video? How about getting “key word” type season passes with your TiVo or Microsoft Media Center machine in order to pull content, actual video content, via broadband after it has already been broadcast — not just key words in a program’s description, but key words after the fact from the actual closed captioning? And when we finally someday see all of this video not only searchable but actually archived in video format in the future, how in the hell will they store it all? These files have to be huge.
Very, very slick guys and a nice first salvo into the world of video search.