DURHAM, NC--(Marketwired - May 13, 2014) - Digitalsmiths, the leader in personalized video search and recommendations and a subsidiary of TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), today announced that Charter Communications began deployment of the Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery® platform to more than 5 million Charter TV and Internet customers. Charter Communications is leveraging the key features within Seamless Discovery including Digitalsmiths' Unified Data Service™ and Business Console and numerous video discovery applications spanning personalized search, recommendations and sports discovery across platforms and devices. Digitalsmiths technology allows Charter Communications viewers to increase engagement and discover the relevant content they want faster and on channels they may not have normally surfed.
The Charter TV application, available on iOS and Android platforms, includes Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery. In the coming months Charter will deploy Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery on additional platforms and devices.
"Charter continues to improve the overall entertainment experience for our customers with modern discovery features that provide relevant content recommendations," said Rich DiGeronimo, Charter's senior vice president, product and strategy. "In addition to improving the customer experience, Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery's architecture easily integrates into Charter's data aggregation systems to power the Charter TV App today, and additional cloud-based user interfaces in the near future."
Ben Weinberger, co-founder of Digitalsmiths, said, "Gone are the days of consumers blindly channel surfing to find something to watch. We enable viewing personalization, where content is finding the consumer. Charter recognizes the power of search and recommendation services and leverages the Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery platform to provide an overall more personalized experience for their subscribers across multiple devices."
Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery can blend multiple video sources, such as Linear TV, Premium Channels, VOD, and OTT offerings, with other data sources to deliver multiple types of personalized recommendation features including personalized recommendations for individuals, group recommendations, personalized browsing and item similarity.
With a growing number of channels airing sports content, many of which are not on the networks commonly searched by viewers, it may become difficult for viewers to find their favorite teams. Digitalsmiths Sports Discovery allows Charter to quickly surface and promote teams and sporting events, reducing the time spent channel surfing and increasing their customer engagement with more channels. The Charter deployment includes an "excitement" factor for sports; for example, a user will be alerted to visit a different channel when a game is tied in overtime, or an underdog is about to beat a number one ranked team.
Digitalsmiths, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), provides an industry leading 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. The company is guided by the belief that consumers should not have to work to find relevant content -- the content should find them. More information at: www.digitalsmiths.com.
About TiVo Inc.
Founded in 1997, TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) developed the first commercially available digital video recorder (DVR). TiVo offers the TiVo service and TiVo DVRs directly to consumers online at www.TiVo.com and through third-party retailers. TiVo also distributes its technology and services through solutions tailored for cable, satellite and broadcasting companies. Since its founding, TiVo has evolved into the ultimate single solution media center by combining its patented DVR technologies and universal cable box capabilities with the ability to aggregate, search, and deliver millions of pieces of broadband, cable, and broadcast content directly to the television. An economical, one-stop-shop for in-home entertainment, TiVo's intuitive functionality and ease of use puts viewers in control by enabling them to effortlessly navigate the best digital entertainment content available through one box, with one remote, and one user interface, delivering the most dynamic user experience on the market today. TiVo also continues to weave itself into the fabric of the media industry by providing interactive advertising solutions and audience research and measurement ratings services to the television industry. More information at: www.TiVo.com. Find us Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/TiVo. Follow us on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/TiVo.
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