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Gracenote and Digitalsmiths Team to Deliver Enhanced Content Discovery Solution for the Digital Entertainment Market

Gracenote - 09/07/2012

-- Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery® platform to be Integrated with Gracenote eyeQ™ and Entourage™

AMSTERDAM, Sept. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBC 2012 -- Gracenote® and Digitalsmiths are forming a strategic alliance to integrate and offer a combined Smart TV solution to consumer electronics manufacturers and content providers around the globe. The alliance will call for Gracenote to integrate Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery® with Gracenote eyeQ™ and Entourage™, providing personalized content search, recommendations and browsing capabilities for next generation TV program guides and second screen applications.

Over the years, Gracenote and Digitalsmiths have each created their own robust sources of video intelligence and technology. Today, Gracenote is a leader in music and video identification and powers some of the world's hottest entertainment products, apps and platforms. Digitalsmiths has developed the industry's leading personalized video search and recommendations platform for service providers, content providers and consumer electronics manufacturers. Combining the technology and industry expertise of each company will deliver a one-stop solution for TV listings, Automatic Content Recognition and personalized content recommendations with broad support for North America, Europe and Asia.

"With so much content available to consumers from so many different sources, there is a need for an intuitive and personalized way for TV and movie fans to experience it, regardless of the device," said Stephen White, president, Gracenote. "We are pleased to be working with Digitalsmiths to solve this problem as they are a proven leader in video content discovery and offer an intuitive set of APIs for service providers and consumer electronic manufacturers."

"Gracenote and Digitalsmiths share a common mission of helping customers create new ways for TV viewers to discover and connect with the TV shows, movies and live events that intrigue them," said Ben Weinberger, CEO and co-founder at Digitalsmiths. "This relationship with Gracenote results in providing consumers the most robust content discovery solution available regardless of the device they are using. "

Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery is the most comprehensive platform for building personalized video discovery, offering personalized search, recommendations and browsing, social trending, mood-based recommendations and a fully integrated business rules engine across all connected devices. Seamless Discovery filters all sources of available video content by consumers' individual viewing preferences to surface the most relevant TV shows, movies and live events.

Gracenote eyeQ is a global Interactive Program Guide solution that transforms Smart TVs into media hubs where viewers can easily browse TV schedules for local and national broadcasts, as well as VOD and streaming content. Going beyond a typical channel guide, Gracenote eyeQ offers a launch pad to expand the TV viewing experience through program recommendations and links to related content.

Launched earlier this year at CES 2012, Gracenote Entourage uses advanced audio fingerprinting technology to enable TVs, smart phones and tablets to automatically identify movies, TV programs and music by "listening" to short sound clips. By unlocking data from Gracenote's video database, Entourage creates paths for TV viewers to explore related content and link to on-demand services to purchase, stream and download content that intrigues them.

Gracenote Entourage is a fully hosted solution that leverages Gracenote's network infrastructure and rich set of global data, including descriptions of more than 130 million songs as well as filmmaker and cast bios for movies, TV listings, and Album and Movie Cover Art.

Gracenote at IBC 2012

Gracenote's portfolio of Smart TV technologies, including Gracenote eyeQ, Gracenote Entourage™ and Gracenote MusicID®, will be demonstrated at IBC 2012 in Hall 14, Stand 14.366. For more information or to schedule a demo and briefing at the show, please contact Daniel Couzins at +44(0)20-7437-0227 or danielc@onechocolatecomms.co.uk.

Digitalsmiths at IBC 2012

Digitalsmiths will be showcasing its Seamless Discovery platform during IBC 2012 in Amsterdam. Visit the Digitalsmiths team in Hall 14, Stand 421 or email sales@digitalsmiths.com to arrange a personal meeting.

About Gracenote
A pioneer in digital media, Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. The company's partners in the entertainment community include major music publishers and labels, prominent independents and movie studios and television networks. A wholly owned, independent subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of America (SCA), Gracenote has offices in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Seoul, and Taipei with worldwide headquarters in Emeryville, California. For more information, follow us at @GracenoteTweets and www.facebook.com/PoweredbyGracenote.

About Digitalsmiths

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 and browsing, social trending, mood-based recommendations, and a business rules engine 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 serves customers across all media channels and devices including Cisco, Warner Bros., Paramount, Technicolor, Turner, the NBA, the PGA and NASCAR. Digitalsmiths is privately held and backed by .406 Ventures, Aurora Funds, Chrysalis Ventures, Cisco and Technicolor.

Gracenote is a registered trademark of Gracenote, Inc. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For More Information Contact:

Veronica Skelton
Concept PR for Gracenote
+1-415-342-3435
vskelton@gracenote.com

Daniel Couzens
OneChocolate (for Gracenote in the UK)
T: +44(0)20-7437-0227
M: +44(0)7971-593-907
danielc@onechocolatecomms.co.uk

Caitlin Hourigan
Digitalsmiths Marketing Manager
+1-704-806-9702
chourigan@digitalsmiths.com

SOURCE: Gracenote

Gracenote and Digitalsmiths Team to Deliver Enhanced Content Discovery Solution for the Digital Entertainment Market

PR Newswire

-- Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery® platform to be Integrated with Gracenote eyeQ and Entourage

AMSTERDAM, Sept. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBC 2012 -- Gracenote® and Digitalsmiths are forming a strategic alliance to integrate and offer a combined Smart TV solution to consumer electronics manufacturers and content providers around the globe. The alliance will call for Gracenote to integrate Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery® with Gracenote eyeQ™ and Entourage™, providing personalized content search, recommendations and browsing capabilities for next generation TV program guides and second screen applications.

Over the years, Gracenote and Digitalsmiths have each created their own robust sources of video intelligence and technology. Today, Gracenote is a leader in music and video identification and powers some of the world's hottest entertainment products, apps and platforms. Digitalsmiths has developed the industry's leading personalized video search and recommendations platform for service providers, content providers and consumer electronics manufacturers. Combining the technology and industry expertise of each company will deliver a one-stop solution for TV listings, Automatic Content Recognition and personalized content recommendations with broad support for North America, Europe and Asia.

"With so much content available to consumers from so many different sources, there is a need for an intuitive and personalized way for TV and movie fans to experience it, regardless of the device," said Stephen White, president, Gracenote.  "We are pleased to be working with Digitalsmiths to solve this problem as they are a proven leader in video content discovery and offer an intuitive set of APIs for service providers and consumer electronic manufacturers."

"Gracenote and Digitalsmiths share a common mission of helping customers create new ways for TV viewers to discover and connect with the TV shows, movies and live events that intrigue them," said Ben Weinberger, CEO and co-founder at Digitalsmiths. "This relationship with Gracenote results in providing consumers the most robust content discovery solution available regardless of the device they are using. "

Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery is the most comprehensive platform for building personalized video discovery, offering personalized search, recommendations and browsing, social trending, mood-based recommendations and a fully integrated business rules engine across all connected devices. Seamless Discovery filters all sources of available video content by consumers' individual viewing preferences to surface the most relevant TV shows, movies and live events.

Gracenote eyeQ is a global Interactive Program Guide solution that transforms Smart TVs into media hubs where viewers can easily browse TV schedules for local and national broadcasts, as well as VOD and streaming content. Going beyond a typical channel guide, Gracenote eyeQ offers a launch pad to expand the TV viewing experience through program recommendations and links to related content.

Launched earlier this year at CES 2012, Gracenote Entourage uses advanced audio fingerprinting technology to enable TVs, smart phones and tablets to automatically identify movies, TV programs and music by "listening" to short sound clips.  By unlocking data from Gracenote's video database, Entourage creates paths for TV viewers to explore related content and link to on-demand services to purchase, stream and download content that intrigues them. 

Gracenote Entourage is a fully hosted solution that leverages Gracenote's network infrastructure and rich set of global data, including descriptions of more than 130 million songs as well as filmmaker and cast bios for movies, TV listings, and Album and Movie Cover Art.

Gracenote at IBC 2012

Gracenote's portfolio of Smart TV technologies, including Gracenote eyeQ, Gracenote Entourage™ and Gracenote MusicID®, will be demonstrated at IBC 2012 in Hall 14, Stand 14.366. For more information or to schedule a demo and briefing at the show, please contact Daniel Couzins at +44(0)20-7437-0227 or danielc@onechocolatecomms.co.uk.

Digitalsmiths at IBC 2012

Digitalsmiths will be showcasing its Seamless Discovery platform during IBC 2012 in Amsterdam. Visit the Digitalsmiths team in Hall 14, Stand 421 or email sales@digitalsmiths.com to arrange a personal meeting.

About Gracenote
A pioneer in digital media, Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. The company's partners in the entertainment community include major music publishers and labels, prominent independents and movie studios and television networks. A wholly owned, independent subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of America (SCA), Gracenote has offices in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Seoul, and Taipei with worldwide headquarters in Emeryville, California. For more information, follow us at @GracenoteTweets and www.facebook.com/PoweredbyGracenote.

About Digitalsmiths

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 and browsing, social trending, mood-based recommendations, and a business rules engine 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 serves customers across all media channels and devices including Cisco, Warner Bros., Paramount, Technicolor, Turner, the NBA, the PGA and NASCAR.  Digitalsmiths is privately held and backed by .406 Ventures, Aurora Funds, Chrysalis Ventures, Cisco and Technicolor.

Gracenote is a registered trademark of Gracenote, Inc. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For More Information Contact:

Veronica Skelton
Concept PR for Gracenote
+1-415-342-3435
vskelton@gracenote.com

Daniel Couzens
OneChocolate (for Gracenote in the UK)
T: +44(0)20-7437-0227
M: +44(0)7971-593-907
danielc@onechocolatecomms.co.uk

Caitlin Hourigan
Digitalsmiths Marketing Manager
+1-704-806-9702
chourigan@digitalsmiths.com

Web Site: http://www.gracenote.com