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Type Private
Founded 2006
Headquarters San Francisco, CA, US
Founder(s) Edwin Ong & Alex Vikati
Type of site Video search engine
Current status Open Beta

CastTV is an Internet video search and aggregation company based in San Francisco, California. It is not free. It was founded in 2006 by Edwin Ong and Alex Vikati.[1] Services include a video search engine and the licensing of video search technology to media companies.

CastTV's search index incorporates both popular and longtail content, including TV shows,[2] movies, celebrity, news, sports and viral videos.[3] The company filters out expired videos, duplicate videos and video spam.[4]


  • Early 2006: CastTV is founded by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Edwin Ong and Alex Vikati.
  • December 2006: CastTV secures its first customer: Gemstar - TV Guide.[5]
  • April 2007: CastTV raises a $3.1M Series A from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and additional funding from investors including Ron Conway and Marc Andreessen. Advisors include Rajeev Motwani and Timothy Chou.[6]
  • Currently: CastTV is in open beta.[7]
  • December 2010: Acquired by Tribune Company.[8]


  1. ^ About CastTV, by CastTV Inc., retrieved on June 3, 2008.
  2. ^ The Best Guides to Watching TV Online, by Liz Gannes, NewTeeVee, September 25, 2009.
  3. ^ Beyond YouTube: New Ways to Find Video on the Web, by Joseph De Avila, The Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2008.
  4. ^ New companies launch: Yap, Cognitive Code, Viewdle, Faroo & more, by Chris Morrison, VentureBeat, June 3, 2007.
  5. ^ Gemstar-TV Guide Licenses Online-Search Technology, by Todd Spangler, Multichannel News, June 21, 2007.
  6. ^ CastTV Raises $3.1 Million, Battles Google And AOL In Video Search, by Mike Arrington, TechCrunch, April 24, 2007.
  7. ^ Catch Your Favorite Shows and Viral Videos at CastTV, by Jason Fitzpatrick, Lifehacker, January 14, 2009.
  8. ^ Tribune Media Buys Video Search Engine CastTV, by Leena Rao, TechCrunch, December 16, 2010.

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