Google Intros TV Search Function

SAN FRANCISCO Google today introduced Google Video, a service that lets users search the content of television programs from providers such as PBS, the NBA, Fox News and C-SPAN, among others.

“What Google did for the Web, Google Video aims to do for television,” said Larry Page, Google co-founder and president of products, in a statement. “This preview release demonstrates how searching television can work today. Users can search the content of TV programs for anything, see relevant thumbnails, and discover where and when to watch matching television programs. We are working with content owners to improve this service by providing additional enhancements such as playback.”

The Google Video beta site,, enables users to search across the closed-captioning content of a growing number of TV programs that Google began indexing in December.

Google Video also displays up to five still video images and five short text segments from the closed-captioning of each program, when the program will be aired next, and allows users to search for specific words within a given program.

—Adweek staff report