Roku targets content discovery in latest OS update

Roku has is rolling out updates to its operating system in the US in a bid to make it easier for users to discover content. The latest version of the OS includes a ‘More Ways to Watch’ function, which uses automatic content recognition to suggest viewing options based on TV viewing habits. This feature is […]

Viewers taking critical view of content recommendation

Viewers spend an average of 16 minutes searching for content and when they don’t find anything, the majority will look elsewhere, according to new consumer research commissioned by online video platform provider Piksel. The study, conducted by Censuswide, found that half of consumers take a critical view of service providers’ ability to furnish recommendations. Some […]

Netflix: global expansion helps recommendation engine

Netflix’s recent expansion to 130 new markets has helped to improve its recommendation engine, according the SVoD service’s vice president of personalisation algorithms. In a post on the company’s blog, Carlos Gomez-Uribe claimed that Netflix’s global expansion followed a year of intensive research and efforts from dozens of teams across the company to developed and […]

Sky introduces restart for movies and new recommendation service

Sky in the UK has added restart, recommendation and other features to its Sky Movies service for Sky+ customers. The Watch from Start feature, which is already available in Italy, will enable viewers who missed the start of a movie to watch it from the beginning by clicking on the green button on their remote […]

Three quarters of millenials discover TV from friends, social media

Some 76% of 18 to 29 year-olds discover new TV shows from friends, family and social media, according to research by interactive social TV service Relay TV. This compares to 48% of respondents who reported discovering new shows from commercials, and only 15% who said they do so through the TV guide. The study claims […]

ContentWise launches version five of its personalisation solution

ContentWise, a provider of TV personalisation, discovery and recommendation solutions, is due to launch its next-generation ContentWise 5 offering at IBC.  ContentWise 5 has been developed to help TV service providers offer more personalised video experiences, connecting viewers to relevant movies, TV shows and live events “available at any time and on any screen.” New […]

Sky updates EPG with new recommendation engine

UK satellite TV provider Sky is rolling out a number of new features for its Sky+ electronic programming guide (EPG), including a new recommendations engine and a ‘Smart Series Link’ record function. The recommendations engine will suggest both linear TV and on-demand TV shows to Sky customers based on recent recordings and downloads in their […]

Tank Top TV publishes discovery APIs

London-based Tank Top TV has published a new suite of APIs, designed to make entertainment personalisation, recommendation, and universal search across OTT services available to anyone. The new developer site has a range of “TV and movie-related interfaces,” aimed at entertainment service operators, platforms, and independent developers. “Pay TV operators and other developers can now […]

TiVo pays US$135 million for Digitalsmiths

DVR maker TiVo has agreed to pay US$135 million (€99.3 million) for cloud-based content discovery service Digitalsmiths, in a move it said would accelerate its evolution to a device-agnostic, cloud-based service provider. TiVo said that the deal will expand its role with tier-one US service providers, as Digitalsmiths has relationships with seven of the top […]