Boxfish Brings Search to TV

April 16, 2012

Technology Review recently reported on a new startup that helps users search for words and phrases from TV in the article “Searching the Small Screen.”

According to the article, as of late March, California based Boxfish opened a beta version of its site to the public, allowing users to search through words and phrases that have been seen on television over the past month. The site also allows users to see topics that are trending and set up alerts for specific terms.

Boxfish is currently indexing TV dialogue from the US, UK and Ireland and they plan to add Australia and Canada soon.

The article states:

“The site is simple to use. If you search for, say, “cookie,” you’ll receive a list of results posted in chronological order along with a bit of the transcript in which the word appeared. On the right side of the screen you can see how many times it has been used recently, on how many channels, and also the words most commonly used in the same context. Click on a search result and you’ll see a big chunk of the transcript with bold text indicating the section that includes the search term.”

Since the product is so new, Boxfish still has a few kinks to work out. However, this could be a cool new way for TV watchers to keep up with anything from politics and current events to the latest celebrity gossip.

Jasmine Ashton, April 16, 2012

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