November 3, 2014 – Santa Clara, Calif. — Rovi Corporation, a leading provider of advanced entertainment discovery, data analytics, and monetization solutions, announced today that it has acquired Fanhattan, a venture-backed startup, in an all-cash transaction. Fanhattan pioneers innovative ways to discover media and entertainment on any screen, from any source, through its cloud-based Fan TV branded products. Read more
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Mari Silbey of Light Reading reports, “Just two months after acquiring Veveo for $62 million in cash, Rovi has launched a new Personalized Discovery Solution combining its own entertainment metadata with Veveo’s voice-enabled semantic search technology. The solution for pay-TV operators offers predictive search and a content recommendation platform. Rovi’s metadata supplies contextual program information, while Veveo’s machine-learning technology — also called its ‘Knowledge Graph’ — adapts to a viewer’s behavior over time to refine and personalize the user interface experience. Rovi Corp. is also including Conversation Services in its new search-and-recommendation engine. Built by Veveo Inc. , this technology enables an interactive dialog between users and the on-screen program guide. Veveo Chief Marketing Officer Samrat Vasisht once described the service as ‘Siri for your TV,’ referring to Apple Inc. ‘s voice recognition software.” Read more
Stephanie Mlot of PC Mag reports, “Rovi announced today that it will acquire Veveo in order to boost its search and analytics tools. The $62 million cash purchase comes with Veveo’s Knowledge Graph-driven semantic tech and natural-language controls, the latter which likely means integrated voice search. Massachusetts-based Veveo—not to be confused with YouTube’s Vevo music service—launched 10 years ago with the hope of bridging connected devices with intelligent discovery solutions. Over the last decade, the company has acquired 50 patents and works with the likes of AT&T, Cablevision, and Verizon. Now, it will bring its semantic solutions to Rovi, which licenses data for TV guides, and intends to use Veveo’s technology to tailor entertainment suggestions to each individual user.” Read more
Facebook is integrating into its platform Rovi Video’s descriptive information on millions of TV shows, movies, celebrities, sports events and more. The partnership should help users flesh out more details in their entertainment likes and status updates that tag their movie, TV, and other media experiences in their profiles, and aid app developers in leveraging a standardized set of entertainment data for new apps and user-engagement.
Rovi Corp.’s media metadata Video Data set boasts standardized, structured data on more than 4 million programs, including theatrical, DVD and Blu-ray releases.