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BBC mood-based navigation

BBC mood-based navigation

BBC Research & Development has revealed it has been working on a ‘mood-based navigation system’ that could someday be used on the iPlayer. In a blog, a BBC engineer explained…

BT Vision gets social

BT is to revamp is BT Vision IPTV service to offer a more personalised experience and social media elements, reports the FT. The move comes as competition in the UK…

blinkx partners with LifeMinute.TV

blinkx partners with LifeMinute.TV

blinkx, the advanced video search engine, has formed a partnership with LifeMinute.TV, a portal to free, broadcast-quality video and audio content. This partnership will give blinkx users access to a…

Motorola Mobility boosts content discovery with SetJam deal

In a move that recognises the growing importance of content discovery and navigation in the multiscreen entertainment age, Motorola Mobility has acquired  SetJam, a television and movie directory. “Motorola and…

Fearful Virgin over-protects modesty

This not a story about a nervous and excessively prudish maiden. It is about the mildly amusing consequences of trying to make your software just a little bit too clever…

YouTube reveals makeover

To complement its launch of TV channels YouTube, Google has launched a significant redesign of the video site for a more TV-like feel, with customisable channels. In October, Google announced…

Integrated hybrid IP solution from Rovi and Pace

Digital entertainment solutions provider Rovi and developer of products and services for broadband and broadcast operators Pace are combining respective strengths in applications and service platforms, and in hardware and…

Microsoft buys VideoSurf search

Microsoft buys VideoSurf search

Microsoft has paid $70 million to buy VideoSurf, the online video search technology company. Founded in 2006, VideoSurf offers a back-end computer vision technology that “sees” frames inside videos to…

Digiguide.tv Premium Service

Digiguide TV has launched Digiguide.tv Premium, an online customisable TV guide aimed at busy TV fans who need a TV guide that they can tailor to their tastes and sends…

Remote control to remain central to TV navigation experience

Responding to media speculation that voice commands may replace the remote control in the living room, user experience specialist ruwido has emphasised its belief that despite the need to re-evaluate…

Update for Google TV

Update for Google TV

Admitting that the initial version of Google TV “wasn’t perfect”, Google has announced a software update aimed at providing a better user experience. Writing in the Google TV blog, Mario…

Zeebox live on iPad

Zeebox live on iPad

Social TV service Zeebox, developed by former BBC iPlayer developer Anthony Rose, is now live on iPad where it is the “App Of The Week.” Zeebox shows users information, apps…

Virgin Media: ‘TiVo will beat Sky+’

Virgin Media: ‘TiVo will beat Sky+’

A new report on UK cable operator Virgin Media’s prospects (from investment bankers Morgan Stanley) says that TiVo’s functionality will make life very hard for YouView or BSkyB. Virgin’s senior…

ruwido’s Good Companions

Home input device and interaction mechanism specialist ruwido has launched its ‘companion box’, a solution that connects smartphones to the television in the living room to individualise content offerings and…

TV Genius ‘relevance’ with GfK audience research

TV Genius, part of Red Bee Media, has formed a partnership with GfK Media, a market research agency, to further enhance the relevance of its  Content Discovery Platform. The partnership…

Red Bee boosts content discovery with TV Genius buy

Multi-platform media management technology and creative solutions specialist Red Bee Media is to acquire TV Genius, a software company that specialises in cloud-based content discovery across the Internet, TV and…