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Smooth search leads to uptick in VoD revenue

Kannuu, a provider of search, discovery and recommendation solutions for the connected television and media industry, has released usage data from a major telecommunications and media content provider that shows the impact an enhanced discovery experience can have on increasing revenues. Today, VoD and paid content purchases account for a significant share of profit for video and cable providers globally. […]

ThinkAnalytics profits up 200%

ThinkAnalytics, developer of a multiplatform TV search and recommendations engine, has announced year-on-year revenue growth of 50 per cent for the year ending December 31st 2014; profits were up by 200 per cent over the same period. New customers that signed in 2014 include Fox, Sony, Sunrise, Get and Viaplay.  The company also won several major new OTT contracts in […]

Live TV recommendations from Tank Top TV

Tank Top TV has announced the release of cloud-based API services enabling TV operators to provide their viewers with personalised recommendations for what to watch on live TV. The new live TV recommendation solution complements the existing personalisation offerings from the company, and was developed in response to customer and market needs. “Recommendations and personalised offerings for real-time programming is […]

Snapchat introduces discovery function

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Messaging app Snapchat has introduced Discover, which it describes as a new way to explore stories from different editorial teams. In a Blog Post, the Snapchat Team describes the initiative as the result of collaboration with world-class leaders in media to build a storytelling format that puts the narrative first. “This is not social media,” they assert. According to Snapchat, […]

Ninth Rovi patent claim defeated by Virgin Media

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Virgin Media has successfully overcome the latest in a series of unsuccessful patent infringement claims by Rovi Corporation against the company. Rovi has agreed to the revocation of a patent centred on a system for recommending television content to viewers based on their past interactions with the TV programme guide. This is the ninth successful defence by Virgin Media. Every […]

Kabel Deutschland converges broadcast, IP and OTT

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Kabel Deutschland (KD), Germany’s largest cable operator, is partnering with Cisco to create a next generation video service that converges search, recommendation and viewing in a personalised, multi-screen, cloud-powered platform, which it claims is the industry’s first comprehensive video-hub for the home. Subscribers can access all the video they consume through a single immersive user interface which works across all […]

Ericsson, UXP Systems global reseller agreement

UXP Systems is collaborating with Ericsson to enable operators to deploy the MINT Unified Services Platform on Ericsson Mediaroom IPTV platforms.  With MINT, operators can simplify next generation user access and onboarding, and create universal profiles for personalised experiences, allowing them to deliver engaging viewing experiences for customers.  This combined solution enhances the operator’s ability to monetise next generation services, […]

Freesat Showcase to ease Xmas viewing planning

UK subscription-free satellite TV service Freesat has expanded its editorial offering to support the busy Christmas TV schedule with the launch of two new Christmas genres in its Showcase service. Showcase takes a human-touch approach to curate a selection of shows hand-picked by Freesat’s in-house editorial team. TV viewers can get recommendations for what to watch for the week ahead […]

ContentWise sales up 400% in 2014

ContentWise, the personalisation, discovery and recommendations software for digital TV content, has had a breakthrough 2014, with a dramatic increase in new customer deployments leading to a 400 per cent surge in sales. More than 20 deployments of ContentWise were made in 2014 with some of the world’s leading operators, including maxdome, TIM Brasil and Sky Italia. ContentWise’s partnerships played […]

Online TV creates content discovery challenges

Findings from Hub Entertainment Research have uncovered two side effects of the exponential growth of online TV content: consumers who are both more choosy and more in need of guidance. The firm’s research shows that while TV consumers appreciate the greater content choice offered by online viewing options, they also have a strong need for tools to make all of […]

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