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Synamedia acquires Utelly

Synamedia, the independent video software provider, has announced the acquisition of Utelly, a UK-based privately-owned content discovery platform provider with products targeted at the entertainment industry. Its offerings include metadata aggregation, search and recommendations, as well as content management and a content promotion engine. Utelly’s solution simplifies the complexity of users’ content discovery across TV […]

May 25, 2022

Streaming Channels Data from Gracenote

Entertainment metadata and content IDs specialist Gracenote has launched Gracenote Streaming Channels Data aimed at enabling content discovery platforms better to connect consumers to programming on free ad-supported TV (FAST) channels as well as linear channels on virtual MVPD (vMVPD) services. By integrating this new solution, Gracenote says that content aggregators can now more effectively […]

May 24, 2022

Netflix adds kids mystery box feature

Netflix has added a new mystery box feature on its service providing a fun space for kids to perhaps discover their next favourite series and films, or reconnect with a familiar face. Users can find the mystery box service by logging into a kids profile and finding the ‘Favourites Row’ at the top of the […]

May 20, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Netflix adds Category Hub

Netflix is rolling out a new Category Hub in its TV menu so members around the globe can more easily find their favourite genres and discover new categories of content, rather than just browse through titles. Starting immediately, users can find the new hub in the left-hand menu on both adult and kids’ profiles. There, […]

April 22, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Netflix adds Double Thumbs Up recommendations

Netflix is introducing Double Thumbs Up, an additional way for members to let the streaming platform know what types of series and films they want to see more of. Netflix viewers can find this option next to the Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down buttons on their TV, Web, Android and iOS mobile devices effective immediately. […]

April 12, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Study: Smart TVs, gaming lead video accessibility

According to research by Interpret, smart TV makers and gaming companies have been some of the most aggressive in the entertainment arena to bring new accessibility features to market. While innovations related to visual disabilities have been among the most plentiful, new capabilities for auditory and physical / mobility have also emerged. Improvements for cognitive […]

April 8, 2022

Study: Third of SVoD subs want better discovery

According to research by analyst firm Interpret, consumers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content from streaming video providers and increasingly frustrated with the efforts needed to access it. Interpret’ s study, The Future of OTT Aggregation, reveals that US viewers subscribe to an average of four to five SVoD services, and the majority […]

March 31, 2022

D2C offering from Salesforce, AWS

CRM specialist Salesforce and cloud platform AWS have uunveiled an offering that they say combines high-quality video streaming technology with unique viewer data and feedback analysis tools to help content distributors deliver more scalable, personalised viewer experiences. “Attracting and retaining a diverse audience while delivering consistent, high-quality video is one of the key challenges content […]

February 17, 2022

Canela.TV uses AI-powered Moods

Canela.TV, the AVoD services for US Hispanics, has expanded its partnership with Vionlabs, to offer subscribers personalised content discovery based on the emotions each content category evokes. This is Vionlabs first partnership in the US going live with Moods, which is part of Vionlabs Fingerprint+ product. Moods harnesses AI to analyse video metadata to extract […]

February 8, 2022

Report: Linear broadcasting and VoD to coexist

A report from Intertrust reveals broadcast TV will continue to be viable for the foreseeable future, despite the growth of streaming, and suggests the video industry will evolve to a hybrid approach, where linear broadcasting coexists alongside VoD content and live streaming. Broadcasting and streaming are increasingly blending into a single, unified user experience to […]

February 4, 2022