Fagan Finder Video and Movie Search Engines

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TV, Movies

Information and Tips

Video on the Web

Video exists on the web in a different way from most other content. Largely because of the large file sizes involved, video is highly concentrated on a fairly small number of websites, such as YouTube, Megavideo, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, and many others. Even for American television, many companies now pool their videos onto Hulu. Video search engines such as Google, Bing’s and the others listed include videos from all these websites just as web page search engines include pages from everywhere on the web. Most of these websites which host video allow their videos to be embedded on other websites, and so many video websites today are more like directories to video hosted elsewhere.

Geographic Availability

Much copyrighted content available on the web legally (such as on Hulu) is restricted geographically, and this frequently means the United States. Viewers from other locations will not be able to see the videos. One way around this is to try using a proxy based in a country that permits viewing of the video.

Adult Content

When using this web page to search with Google, Bing, or any other search engine, it uses whichever settings you have already set with that website. Typically the adult filter is on, so you should not see any adult content. That being said, this can’t be guaranteed anywhere, although if you are looking for educational content, searching only within websites targeted for that will make seeing any adult content quite unlikely.

Changes to this Page

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  1. October 13, 2010: Added a link to a good list of places to find movies online. Also added a note on geographic restriction.
  2. October 2, 2010: Major overhall. Most existing tools were removed or fixed and many new ones were added. I have removed all the movie review tools but have added educational and how-to video sections. I have also completely rewritten the informational part of the page.
  3. December 25, 2003: I resolved a technical problem, and so the Open Movie Database has been added.
  4. December 24, 2003: Thirteen search tools and one link have been added.
  5. December 8, 2003: Logging updates from now on. This page was created previously.