DURHAM, N.C.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Digitalsmiths, the leader in video search and recommendations for TV Everywhere platforms that enable the world’s largest video providers to increase viewer engagement, today announced that zeebox, the innovative, personalized TV companion application, is now leveraging Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery® in the United Kingdom and Australia. Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery is powering key elements of personalized video discovery across all of zeebox’s supported platforms.
“Our mission at zeebox is to deliver that experience and more. Personalized recommendations play a big part in turning the process of deciding what to watch from a chore into a delight.”
In June 2013, zeebox deployed Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery to its users in the United States. Building on this success, the company is now enabling zeebox users in the United Kingdom and Australia to experience the "Recommended For You" feature that delivers personalized recommendations based on individual viewing behavior. In addition, zeebox users will have access to the "Similar Shows" feature allowing them to discover related content that is most similar to the show currently being watched, previously viewed content or a program available in the future.
“Scrolling through 150+ TV channels is not the way of the future. Instead, you will use a personalized guide dynamically built for you, featuring shows you already love that are on your TV now and later, shows recommended by friends, shows you can participate in, interact or play along with on your phone or tablet, and shows recommended for you based on your viewing history,” said Anthony Rose, CTO and co-founder at zeebox. "Our mission at zeebox is to deliver that experience and more. Personalized recommendations play a big part in turning the process of deciding what to watch from a chore into a delight.”
“Digitalsmiths is proud of our seamless integration with zeebox in the United States and the tremendous feedback we’ve received from the zeebox community,” said John Zelenka, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Digitalsmiths. “This is another meaningful milestone in our continued international growth and it reflects our commitment to serving leading global entertainment brands and consumers.”
Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery and Unified Data Service™ enable personalized search and recommendations applications for all content including live TV, sports, time-shifted TV, premium channels and VOD across all connected devices. These solutions give video providers a clear pathway to increasing engagement and reclaiming viewer satisfaction and loyalty.
Deployed by leading multichannel video programming distributors, consumer electronics manufacturers and second screen applications, Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery is the industry’s most comprehensive video discovery platform powering personalized search, recommendations, social discovery, mood discovery and sports discovery - all enabled by robust data management capabilities. Seamless Discovery also delivers a suite of business management tools for providers to strategically control and personalize video offerings.
Guided by the belief that consumers should not have to work to find relevant content - the content should find them - Digitalsmiths provides the industry’s most comprehensive video discovery platform, offering personalized search, recommendations, social discovery, mood discovery, sports discovery and a business console for all connected devices. Built for service providers, content providers and consumer electronics manufacturers, Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery® enables personalized discovery experiences that instantly connect consumers to the most relevant movies, TV shows and live events available, at any time, on any screen.
Digitalsmiths’ Unified Data Service™ removes data silos by aggregating multiple structured and unstructured data sources and normalizes the attributes to create a master collection of metadata. The Unified Data Service enables providers to quickly deploy advanced video discovery solutions by supplying a powerful data infrastructure unmatched in the industry.
Digitalsmiths serves customers across all media channels and devices including Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cisco, Foxtel, Warner Bros., Paramount, Technicolor, Univision, Turner Sports, the NBA, the PGA, NASCAR, zeebox and i.TV. Digitalsmiths is privately held and backed by .406 Ventures, Aurora Funds, Chrysalis Ventures, Cisco and Technicolor.
zeebox is the new social, interactive and immersive way to watch TV. It turns a smartphone, tablet or laptop into an interactive companion that enables consumers to engage with friends around TV shows, buy what they see on screen, remote control their TV, and get more information about whatever program they’re watching, including access to exclusive interactive content.
By partnering with zeebox, broadcasters and content owners can augment their TV shows on the second screen, engage interactively with fans, and monetize this new medium in synch with live TV.
zeebox was founded in 2011 by former iPlayer CTO Anthony Rose and EMI executive Ernesto Schmitt. The company is headquartered in London with offices in New York and Sydney.