DVR maker TiVo has purchased one of the leading content discovery technology providers, Digitalsmiths, for $135M.
The move to buy the cloud-based reco company goes to show how highly personalized discovery and recommendation is being valued as a differentiation factor for content providers.
The EPG and reco service can be implemented across multiple devices and has seen considerable growth.
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Amazon keeps on shooting down rumors related to an Amazon Set Top Box, which would take on game consoles like PS4/Xbox One and streaming boxes like Apple TV or Roku. It will allow cloud gaming and download, video and music streaming and download.
We are looking at a development where game consoles and streaming boxes become one box with the likes of Sony and Microsoft looking into streaming live TV through PS4/Xbox One, to go along with all the VoD services available on the latest generations of consoles.
Facing walled gardens on other gaming systems, it would make sense from a business perspective for Amazon to create a new vehicle besides the Kindle to sell their products and services, like Amazon Instant Video. Rumors suggest a price of around 300$ for the box.
Online radio service Last.fm, which belongs to CBS, has come under pressure from the likes of Pandora, Rdio or Spotify. As a means to ease the burden of licensing costs, Last.fm is starting to embed Youtube videos for many songs, which ensures that Google, owner of Youtube, will pay the licensing fees. This experiment is still in Beta, so Last.fm can evaluate user feedback.
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Recently, Amazon added a flat rate Video-on-Demand service for its Prime customers, called Amazon Instant Video, next to its classical online video store Lovefilm.
Now it has been leaked by content providers that Amazon has asked for the rights to stream their content in an online live TV setup. Amazon wants to bring you online Pay TV channels! Amazon was quick to deny the rumors, but it seems like Pay TV is the next media business that is attracting tech companies, like Google and Sony, who are allegedly also looking into offering Pay TV channels. The latest example is US carrier Verizon which has bought Intel’s OTT TV product OnCue and plans to sell its TV service as an OTT product on other carriers’ connections.
The TV business is at a turning point, ever since streaming has made the broadcasting side of the business cheaper. You no longer need access to cable or satellite distribution, just an internet connection. This shift has put more power in the hands of the few big media content providers like Disney, News Corp or Viacom, because now more players are looking to buy content in order to stream it online.
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sVoD giants Netflix are entering new territories, geographically and technologically, by making the service available on Set Top Boxes by TiVo in Sweden. This move adds another class of devices through which the subscription-based service can enter your household and grab a part of your media consumption budget.
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