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ContentWise boosts Sky Italia personalised discovery

Content personalisation, discovery and recommendations specialist ContentWise has confirmed that Italian pay-TV platform Sky Italia has selected its discovery solution to power personalised recommendations for Sky Online, Sky Italia’s recently-launched online video service. The ContentWise solution enables Sky Italia to offer subscribers of its Sky Online service an intuitive, personalised experience that combines discovery, content recommendations and viewing. It will […]

MPAA launches WhereToWatch.com

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In its efforts to combat online piracy and to raise awareness of the availability of legitimate content outlets, US movie industry body the MPAA is launching a new search site – WheretoWatch.com – to make it easy for consumers to find the shows and movies they love online, in movie theatres, on television and in stores. MPAA Chairman and CEO […]

Bleak outlook for blinkx

blinkx, the the London AIM-listed online video advertising company, has reported falling revenues and fell into a loss in the six months to the end of September. Shares were down 3 per cent in early trading. blinkx’s revenues declined by 5 per cent to $106 million. The company also reported a loss before tax of $9.8 million compared with a […]

Rovi buys Fanhattan

Rovi has acquired Fanhattan, a venture-backed startup, in an all-cash transaction.  Fanhattan pioneers innovative ways to discover media and entertainment on any screen, from any source, through its cloud-based Fan TV branded products. This acquisition accelerates Rovi’s vision to deliver next-generation guidance and discovery using advanced cloud, user interface and hardware technologies. Fan TV seamlessly integrates different sources of programming, […]

TiVo now on Cogeco Cable

Advanced television service TiVo has added to its roster of broadband cable operator clients, with the experience now available in Canada from Cogeco Cable. In Ontario markets where it operates, Cogeco Cable Canada will now offer Cogeco TiVo Service, the ultimate personalised home entertainment experience. “Cogeco TiVo Service will be a game-changer in the cable market in Canada” commented Louise […]

Sky backs Pluto.TV

Sky has invested $500,000 in LA-based online video aggregator Pluto.TV as part of its strategy to drive innovation by partnering with pioneering technology companies. Pluto.TV is an online television platform that aggregates video content from across the web and programmes it into themed TV channels. By using a combination of technology, data and a team of specialist editors, Pluto.TV offers […]

Netflix employs 300, spends $150m on recommendation

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Netflix is employing 300 people to maintain and improve its content recommendations, and spends $150 million according to the company’s Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt. He told an ACM conference that even improving recommendations a little bit could lead to dramatically increased revenue due to smaller churn. Hunt explained Netflix has a very limited window to convince a customer to […]

43% of Brits mostly watch time-shifted TV

Findings from UK quad-play operator Virgin Media have revealed technology is transforming the way the nation watches television. Data from over 2.3 million Virgin Media TiVo set-top boxes shows a fifth of all TV is now watched in a time-shifted format; either first recorded onto the hard drive of a set-top box or else watched on demand. This was not […]

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

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