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Google Adds TV Episode Search

Gordon Kelly


Google Adds TV Episode Search

I suspect it won't take long for this functionality to be tweaked for nefarious purposes...

Google has quietly announced it is launching a custom search to locate specific television show episodes. Cleverly, Google uses its monstrous databases to automatically display show seasons and episode breakdowns within them even if you simply search for a show title (as with The Simpsons below).

"As more and more full-length content is going online, we're making it easier to find the content you want by providing a more structured experience when you search for TV shows," said Google VP Search Products & User Experience Marissa Mayer. "This week, we launched a way to search for specific TV show episodes as part of this effort. Now, when you search for your favorite TV show in Google Videos, check the lefthand toolbar for 'Episodes'. By clicking on the links in the Search Options panel, you can browse by season to see all episodes, and drill down to see all sources for a specific episode."

At the moment official services like Fox and Hulu dominate search results, though it doesn't take much effort to dig outside this copyright friendly bunch or to simply mask your IP address and watch them directly using any one of the thousands of free tools on the Web. Some searches do also draw up rather strange associated ads... Desperate *cough* Housewives *cough*.

Yep, I can't see this causing the broadcasters any sleepless nights whatsoever... whatsoever...


Official Google Blog Post


April 27, 2010, 2:10 pm

Yes i love it! For the uninitiated could you perhaps give a pointer to these masking add-ons??


April 27, 2010, 4:03 pm

@CountryBumpkin: I'm not sure he'd be advised to give pointers of any kind apart from vague winks. At the risk of sounding somewhat aggravating: "Google it". {Oh, and you'll want to include the word "proxy" somewhere in your search string.}

This is intriguing... but hopefully it'll force more studios to sign up to youtube. I was once again disappointed by Virgin's On Demand streaming plans (no subscription model) so just wish YouTube had one instead (and if that could coincide with a YouTube Wii Channel launch that'd be cool too).


April 27, 2010, 4:16 pm

@CountryBumpkin what drdark said ;)


April 27, 2010, 4:41 pm

hmm, I just took out a trial subscription to identitycloaker, tried it just to watch BBC Iplayer when I'm abroad working, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. it's a proxy server subscription service which even allowed me to bypass Chinese censorship and with the google tv search I just found I can use it to watch hulu in Thailand, free spotify works as well. cheers Gordon, you've done me great service - would never have noticed without your article.

p.s. BBC if you're reading this I have a TV licence and would be happy being able to enter a password to access Iplayer content.


April 27, 2010, 5:10 pm

@alchobot Erm, thanks. *runs behind lawyers*


April 27, 2010, 7:37 pm

@Gordon: {quote}*runs behind lawyers* {/quote}

Well at least have the decency to stab then in the front!


April 27, 2010, 9:22 pm

I dream of a day when on-demand video IS tv, and broadcasting schedules are gone.

I need companies like Google to push the limits and make this dream a reality!

Thanks for bringing attention to that 3view box - if it's well executed, people will leave their XBMC boxes behind. I'm tired of watching TV on my PC.

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