BBC to roll out iPlayer password controls

The BBC will soon make iPlayer users create passwords and log-in in order to access the video-on-demand service. From yesterday, the BBC started to prompt iPlayer users when they click to watch or listen to programmes online or via the iPlayer mobile and tablet apps. “You’ll soon need to sign in to watch. It’s quick and easy,” the message […]

Hulu buys Video Genome Project to boost recommendations

Hulu has acquired the technology behind The Video Genome Project (The VGP), in a deal designed to enhance its content recommendations. The VGP is a structured database of video content and Hulu said it would combine the proprietary technology with its own recommendation engine to create “a more powerful way to surface the right content […]

App specialist Samba TV buys Poland’s Filmaster

US smart TV app provider, Samba TV, has acquired Warsaw, Poland-based recommendations specialist Filmaster. Samba TV, which is based in San Francisco, said that it will use Filmaster’s recommendation engine in its smart TV applications and that it has already begun deploying the technology. It added that the deal now represents its biggest office in […]

One in seven TV viewers get social media recommendations

One in seven TV viewers now get recommendations about what to from social media, with the same proportion of Facebook users “always or often” using the site to discuss the shows they’re watching, according to new research. The YouView census into national television habits for 2014, which was carried out by UK market research firm […]

Swisscom partners with ThinkAnalytics for recommendations

Swiss telco Swisscom is partnering with ThinkAnalytics, which will provide personalised linear, replay TV and VOD recommendations and search. Swisscom will deploy the multiplatform search and recommendations engine on its new TV 2.0 Android IPTV set-top boxes and legacy set-top boxes. It is being integrated into the Swisscom EPG, making it easy for subscribers to […]

SeaChange and ThinkAnalytics partner on video delivery, recommendations

Video technology provider SeaChange International and multiplatform TV search and recommendations engine, ThinkAnalytics, are integrating their services as part of a global reseller agreement.  Under the deal, the firms will integrate SeaChange’s Adrenalin multi-screen video platform with ThinkAnalytics’ search and recommendations engine, offering a joint solution that covers content delivery and discovery. “Multi-screen television content […]