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Gracenote launches new entertainment products for converged platforms

Nielsen-owned Gracenote is launching a raft of entertainment data products developed for converged media platforms and services.

Gracenote says that its connected databases for video, music and sports will enable global entertainment providers and smart device makers to use its data and IDs to enable advanced voice and text search, user experiences and personalised media recommendations.

The databases encompass TV schedules for more than 85 countries, live scores and statistics for major sporting events and musical data for “practically every song ever recorded”, according to the company.

The cornerstone of the new entertainment databases are standardised Gracenote IDs that tie together all related media, enabling audiences to search for and find shows, discover songs and set recordings for upcoming programming across platforms, services and formats. Gracenote says its IDs “link musical artists to discographies, actors to TV shows and schedules, episodes to seasons and athletes to live games” across linear TV, video on-demand and over-the-top services.

The new TV database includes TV schedules and listings, and descriptive information for the world’s TV shows and movies on linear TV, on-demand and OTT services, what the company descriges as hyper-local delivery of regionally relevant movie and TV show data based on what’s currently available in the market, and single API access for data covering 85-plus countries and territories across North America, South America, Europe, APAC and the Middle East.

“The lines that once delineated providers of TV, movies, music and other forms of digital media are blurring. When we set out three years ago to create the world’s largest entertainment data company, our goal was to deliver a single dataset with persistent IDs to drive entirely new cross-media experiences,” said Rich Cusick, chief product officer for Gracenote.

“These new metadata products represent the biggest evolution in the history of our business and will help our customers dream up and deliver innovative entertainment experiences and establish new business models – all powered by Gracenote data.”