Updated AOL Video Coming; Free Classic TV Shows Come Later

Sometime this week, AOL Video is to begin making use of the Truveo video search engine that AOL purchased in December and offer "AOL Hi-Q Videos," content which is said to be of DVD quality. USA Today also reports that next month, some classic Warner Bros. TV shows such as Welcome Back Kotter, Kung Fu and Battlestar Galactica (TOS - The Old Series) will be available for free. Looking today, AOL Video doesn't appear to have shifted over. Here's what AOL says to expect"

The key features of the new AOL Video Search will include a more streamlined presentation of search results, the inclusion of AOL Hi-Q Videos (DVD-quality) in the video index, and the integration of video search technology from Truveo, a company AOL acquired in December 2005. We're also continuing to refine the relevancy and recency of results and will make enhancements on an on-going basis.

Over the past two years, Truveo has pioneered a new technology called "Visual Crawling" for finding video on the Web. With this technology, our search engine can now find and index all of the great high-quality video on the Web that traditional search engines have never been able to find. The 1.8 million videos indexed through Truveo, expand our existing archive of 20,000+ original and licensed videos, and the 2.5 million videos from the Web indexed through Singingfish.

We believe the integration of Truveo's powerful technology will firmly establish AOL Video Search as the go-to destination to find and discover online video content. As the amount of video content available on the Web explodes and as users continue to consume online videos at a record pace, AOL Video Search will continually evolve to meet the growing needs of online consumers.

Postscript by Barry Schwartz: Gary Price posted an entry back in November named AOL High Quality Video Downloads, AOL Triton IM Gets Search Box & Sharing MSNBC Articles Via MSN Messenger which is highly related to Danny's update above.

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