November 19, 2007

An Ask3D Thanksgiving

What with the success of our last TV campaign, we've learned that the best way to clue you to Ask3D's features is, well, to show them. In honor of the holiday next week, here's a few tools for a better Thanksgiving, courtesy of Ask.com. Enjoy!

Recipe book not doing it for you? Find cooking videos on 

Ask Video Search.

Let Ask.com Smart Answers save you time by collect the best linksat the top of 

your search results page.

So the whole family's there. What next? Use AskCity to planyour holiday: movies, 

local events, restaurants and more.

Traveling this holiday? Ask Smart Answers can even give you the latest status on 

airports.

Use Ask Weather Search to find out if you need that heavy 

jacket after all.

Get the reference you need with Ask.com Encyclopedia Search.Ask right-rail Smart Answers like News Images help you get the complete picture of 

your Web search.

Check Ask Blog search for all the latest info that the news outlets WON'T tell 

you--like where to do the best holiday shopping!

Found a break between family events and football games? Stay up-do-date on current events 

with Ask News Search.

Happy Turkey,

Ken Grobe
Content Product Manager
Ask.com

 

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August 16, 2006

Ask.com Goes to the Movies and Watches Some TV

Ask.com has been offering our users a number of Smart Answers with film information (awards, bios, and more) since 2003. Now, not only do we offer film info but also DVD and television data.

Here's a quick look at some of what we currently offer.

Movies in General

One easy way to explore the world of film is simply to type movies into Ask.com

At the top of the results page you'll find our general Movie Smart Answer. In it, we provide three quick search tool options that allow you to query specialty databases which contain a ton of information. We also offer direct links to Current Releases, Upcoming Releases, Top Box Office rankings, and Top DVDs. Pretty handy.

Why Don't You Just Tell Us The Name of the Movie You'd Like To See?

If you know the title of the movie you want to go see, for example searching for Talladega Nights, a Smart Answer for the specific film appears at the top of our results page with an image of the movie poster, brief synopsis, MPAA rating, links to reviews and direct links to the trailer and official movie site. We offer a zipcode search tool that helps you quickly dive into where and when you can see it near you.

Of course, you can also always cut right to the chase and search for the movie's title and the Zip Code to get the showtimes right at the top of the search page right from the get go. Our Movie Showtime Smart Answer see the other films playing at these Local theaters. When possible, we try to make going out to the movies even easier for you by providing direct links to buy tickets right within the Movie Showtimes Smart Answer.

Tip: Another neat feature Ask.com offers is disambiguation help if you enter the name of a city without a state and there is more than one city with that name. For example, this search for Talladega Nights, Springfield assumes Springfield, MA but also makes finding any other location named Springfield (Springfield, MO, IL, etc.) easily accessible via a pull-down menu.

Movie Smart Answers are not only limited to films that are currently showing in theaters. We also encompass most titles available on DVD. Here's an example for Citizen Kane.

For these types of films, we provide info about the DVD and a direct link to a massive set of reviews via the Movie Review Query Engine. Here's are two more examples. One for Alfred Hitchcock's classic, Rear Window and the other for Jaws. Wikipedia fans will be happy to learn that in some cases, Wikipedia entries are provided as Smart Answers for some films. Here are a couple of examples: Caddyshack or Anatomy of a Murder

Mad About Movies

Movie fans can quickly find Academy Award winners directly on results pages. Remember you don't need to ask your query in question format but if you do, that's not a problem.

For example, Academy Award Best director 1976 Best actor 1999 Oscar Best picture 1945

Second, we offer bios and other related links for some of Hollywood's greats. Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall , Judy Garland, Meryl Streep are among some of our more popular performers.

Tube Time

Similarly, we offer a large set of Smart Answers with info about for thousands of TV programs with links to episode guides, show overviews, and more.

For instance; Seinfeld, Entourage, Charmed, All in the Family, Carol Burnett Show

So, if it's movie showtimes, film reviews, award winners, or background about your favorite tv shows, Ask.com offers Smart Answers to make your entertainment time more enjoyable.

Have Fun and Enjoy Your Film or Show,
The Ask.com Smart Answers Team

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