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Freesat refreshes Showcase service

UK subscription-free TV service Freesat has unveiled the latest version of Showcase, its editorially-driven TV recommendations service on Freetime next-generation programme guide. Showcase is one of the key features of Freesat’s Freetime service. It offers recommendations of programmes to watch that are selected by Freesat’s dedicated in-house editorial team, and is available online, on the Freesat app, and via the […]

Rovi: 70% would extend pay-TV if better search capabilities

Rovi Corporation has published findings from a sponsored survey of pay-TV subscribers across the US, Germany, the UK and France. The purpose of the survey was to obtain insights into consumer attitudes and opinions regarding entertainment discovery and gain a better understanding of the importance of search and recommendations to TV viewing. The survey reveals

Contentwise for maxdome

ContentWise, the personalisation, discovery and recommendations solution for digital TV content, has been selected by maxdome to power personalised recommendation and discovery for its online Video on Demand (VoD) service. The ContentWise solution enables maxdome to deliver more compelling TV experiences across devices, with personalised streams created to match viewer behavior, context and preferences. As Germany’s largest VOD service, and […]

Gracenote acquires Baseline for $50m

In a move that broadens its existing video metadata and adds subscription-based entertainment services to its portfolio, music and video content and technology specialist Gracenote has acquired Baseline, a provider of film and television information and services in a $50 million deal. Baseline’s database deepens Gracenote’s existing portfolio by adding detailed, descriptive information about movies and TV productions to power […]

Netflix introduces recommendations feature

Netflix has launched a new social recommendation feature that allows its subscribers to recommend easily and privately, the shows they love to the people they care about. Writing in the Netflix blog, Cameron Johnson, director of product innovation at Netflix, says: “When you finish watching something you’ll be asked if you know anyone else who’d like that show, and prompted […]

Sky enhances EPG

UK digital satellite platform Sky is updating its TV Guide with a new recommendations feature and launching a ‘Smart Series Link’. Sky customers will start to see a raft of new features from Sky+ which will be rolled out to its Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). With this latest update, Sky says it will be easier than ever for its customers […]

TP Vision licenses Rovi

Rovi Corporation has announced that Rovi has entered into a multi-year patent licence agreement with TP Vision. The licensing terms grant TP Vision use of Rovi’s discovery patent portfolio for its Philips-branded TV models and related second-screen companion applications and services across multiple international regions. “This is an important agreement that reinforces the long-term value and relevance of Rovi’s patent […]

Digital TV innovators rewarded

Four digital TV innovations are set to be showcased at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam following their success in a Dragon’s Den-style event hosted by the Digital TV Group – the members’ association for digital television in the UK. The second annual DTG Television Innovation Awards, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment, saw a shortlist of eight […]

Beamly to support Android TV

Social TV platform Beamly is bringing its personalised TV guide, content discovery, content recommendation, remote control, personalised news feeds, community and show engagement platform to the first screen. “We’ve always seen the future as being not about the first screen or the second screen, but a two-way connection between the device in your hand where you browse and interact with […]

ThinkAnalytics for Swisscom

ThinkAnalytics, a developer of multiplatform TV search and recommendations engine, has been selected by Swisscom to power personalised recommendations and search on its new TV 2.0 Android IPTV set-top boxes and legacy set-top boxes. Swisscom TV 2.0 uses ThinkAnalytics’ personalised, multi-language recommendations and intelligent search system for live, linear TV, replay TV, as well as VOD. The Recommendations Engine is […]

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