Google has launched Google Video, a service that searches inside television programs.
The Google Video beta searches the subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired as well as information from program guides. The user is presented with a transcript and a still image from the show.
The service is currently in beta and only searches a few television stations. Future versions of Google Video will add a video playback feature, where the user can watch the actual video directly from Google’s website.
The company hopes that making video searchable enables a market for online video watching and creates new revenue streams.
Part of those revenues could come from hosting the movies on Google’s server network. Not all content owners have the ability to host their television shows for online viewing.