Whenever you ask a friend to suggest a good TV show, they often just bellow praise for The Wire, Breaking Bad or My Little Pony -- not useful if your tastes are a little more diverse. That's why major players Time Warner and Vudu have signed up Jinni's taste engine to build into their platforms to help you find entertainment -- no more boring grid-style guides, Jinni promises. We're apparently entering, "a new era of intuitive, personalized user experience," which sounds perfectly swell to us. A duo of European providers are also hopping on board -- Bouygues Telecom and C More Entertainment -- as well as Asia's SingTel and Africa's Multichoice.
Nobody's talking specifics on when we'll see these metadata-pulling suggestions appear in homes, but if your horizons suddenly start to broaden, you know who to blame.
Jinni Wins Mark Major Global Expansion - Seven New Licensing Agreements in Q4 2012
Seven additional Pay TV and Online video providers, on four continents, have chosen to lead their markets and be the first to introduce next-generation semantic discovery.
Tel Aviv, Israel and NYC, USA – January 14, 2013 – Video content discovery solutions provider Jinni, announced today the signing of seven new licensing agreements for the implementation of their unique semantic discovery for video guides. The deals represent aggressive worldwide growth and the beginning of market transformation from the old grid-style video guides to a new era of intuitive, personalized user experience. Jinni customers will enjoy first-to-market advantage with dramatically superior content discovery and recommendations across all platforms – television, web, smartphones and tablets.
"We are delighted to welcome all of our new partners on board," said Jinni Co-founder & CEO, Yosi Glick of the new developments. "The industry has recognized that consumers want new and innovative ways to discover content. The proliferation of linear channels, on-demand content, and multi-screen viewing have made semantic discovery the new imperative. These new partners are fellow TV experience innovators and are therefore natural partners."
Jinni's new partners represent the most cutting-edge video market leaders including Cable TV giant Time Warner Cable and leading online video provider Vudu, a Walmart company. In addition, new leading video content providers across Europe include; major French mobile, ISP and IPTV company, Bouygues Telecom (part of the Bouygues Group) and Nordic Pay TV provider C More Entertainment, formerly operating under the banner CANAL+, have joined Spain's Prisa in selecting the Jinni solution. Jinni is also proud to partner with SingTel, the foremost media group in Asia and the largest Pay TV provider in Africa, South Africa's Multichoice
The Jinni gene-based discovery solution has differentiated itself from other engines by taking content analysis and unique user-centric recommendations to the next level – with natural language understanding capabilities, Jinni meets the growing consumer demand for a semantic cross-platform experience.
Jinni is the first and only taste-and-mood based engine powering entertainment discovery. Using content genetics and nuanced understanding of user tastes, the Jinni engine powers a uniquely intuitive and personalized experience that increases content consumption and consumer satisfaction.
The Jinni service is powered by the Entertainment Genome™, containing thousands of genes that are assigned to each title to describe mood, style, plot, setting and more; this is a rich alternative to the usual genre language, which benefits both the quality of the content delivered as well as the intuitive semantic-based user experience. New titles are automatically indexed via analysis of user reviews and synopses, using a proprietary Natural Language Processing solution.
Jinni's content discovery solution has been voted "Best Product Idea" by CableLabs. Jinni is a Webby Awards honoree, a Red Herring 100 Europe winner, an OnHollywood 100 winner, a SXSW Web Awards nominee, a TechCrunch Europas nominee, a finalist in the 2012 Connected TV Awards for Outstanding Technology Innovation, and was selected as the best movie recommendation engine by CNET and Lifehacker. Jinni provides content discovery and recommendation solutions to European content providers Belgacom and Prisa TV. To see Jinni's award winning engine at work, visit www.jinni.com.