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Written by Liz Gannes Posted Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 9:51 AM PT

OVGuide.com Gets $5M ====================

ovguideOVGuide.com, an aggregator for video sites, raised $5 million from Baroda Ventures, the investment firm of David Bohnett, founder of GeoCities, who is also acting as OVGuide’s CEO.

OVGuide says it uses a combination of video search and editorial to index video sites and their offerings. Personally I find the site a bit cluttered and clunky. (I mean really — a full-page ad on a search engine? And opening up a new window with its own ad before sending you to another site?)

One aspect that some visitors surely find useful is that the site links to less-than-legal streams of movies and TV episodes. Of course, search engines are most likely legally allowed to send visitors to infringing content, but many sites avoid doing so to maintain relations with the entertainment industry. OVGuide reported more than 12 million unique visitors in January (though comScore’s measure is 5 million).

Also today, recommendation engine The Filter said it had raised an undisclosed amount of additional funding from Peter Gabriel and other angel investors. Updated 2/19: The amount was $1.2 million.

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Comments (14)

   congrats, nice numbers

   arizonacharlie — 10:32 AM on February 18, 2009 Reply

  

   I am not sure I like the domain
   OVGuide to me sounds like a ladies guide to ovulation dates …

   tim — 10:54 AM on February 18, 2009 Reply

  

   The advertisement section was a real turn off as was the refresh
   rates

   Neno Brown — 12:03 PM on February 18, 2009 Reply

  

   Truth is online video is a gold mine right now average CPM on
   online video are over $25 for the content distributors and even
   for aggregators like OVGuide there is simply gold in them there
   hills.
   And even though it appears everyone is in the online video game
   there are still relatively few content distributors because of the
   high bandwith costs.

   http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/video

   Michael Daniels — 12:26 PM on February 18, 2009 Reply

  

   Modernfeed.com makes OVGuide look like a geocities page from 1996.

   Michael, $25 cpms? Where are you getting your smoke from? Please
   share…

   Huh? — 2:05 PM on February 18, 2009 Reply

  

   Congratulations. Content is king and you guys have it all. I don’t
   need to go anywhere else for anything I want to watch online. Well
   done!

   James — 7:12 PM on February 18, 2009 Reply

  

   Another option you can use is Mylivetime just search for
   mylivetime on Google and hit the first result

   Internet Guide — 10:56 AM on February 28, 2009 Reply

  

   The site has really gone downhill lately…Have you seen all those
   pop up ads???

   Yuck

   free tv — 6:26 AM on March 4, 2009 Reply

  

   good site, but i prefer Girlsintube http://www.girlsintube.com
   more, this is more adult category search engine!

   tommy — 1:12 PM on March 10, 2009 Reply

  

   i love this website its the best so keep it goings guys

   terrence — 3:19 PM on April 14, 2009 Reply

  

   Help, i’m addicted to this site! Just not enough hours in the day
   to watch it all. Search is awesome and spot-on whenever I use it.
   Way to go.

   bella — 7:19 PM on April 22, 2009 Reply

  

   Wow, they really improved the look of their site with a new
   release.

   Kim — 4:23 PM on August 20, 2009 Reply

  

   nice site
   also recommend http://bit.ly/banyt

   MegaMovies — 3:55 AM on September 7, 2009 Reply

  

   Holy pop ups. It is a good site but there are others. Clicker wil
   be badass, sign up for the Beta. Its cool!

   Sam the video man — 7:08 AM on October 10, 2009 Reply

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   ... Meanwhile, OVGuide, a website that provides searchable links
   to literally thousands of sites that illegally stream major movies
   and television shows has just gotten $5,000,000 in venture
   financing. ...

   mymediamusings » Blog Archive »… — 2:07 PM on February 18, 2009

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