Google Indexes Televison

Visit and do a search. Google is now using data streams of closed-captioning to index TV content on certain channels. Eventually they hope to index all television. It’s a great service.

In about 1989 Brandt Redd, genius programmer of Folio Corp. (at the time) figured out how to capture data streams from closed-captions and import them into a full-indexed Folio infobase. He demoed this to our team and we were all blown away.

But Google’s service is free, web-based, and includes image captures from the TV programs themselves.

Another service I’ve liked over the years is — but I think Google’s service — especially when they tie Google News Alerts into the TV index they are building — will blow away.

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