CES: Rovi to power advanced discovery on Samsung smart TVs

Korea’s Samsung Electronics has selected US firm Rovi, a provider of digital entertainment solutions, to provide metadata on films, TV shows and celebrities that will help drive advanced content discovery on Samsung’s smart TVs and tablets in North America and Europe.

Rovi Video owns an archive of one of the most comprehensive collections of metadata on films and TV shows globally, with coverage of more than 50 countries and territories worldwide, housing deep descriptive information of over 4.4mn TV shows, 560,000 films and more than a million celebrity profiles.

“We continue to advance our data solutions offering with an expanded global footprint and through optimisation of our metadata for advanced applications such as voice control,” said Simon Adams, SVP of sales and marketing for consumer electronics at Rovi. “Our relationship with Samsung Electronics speaks to our ability to drive solutions that push entertainment discovery forward.”

Rovi has also announced a number of other deals at the Consumer Electronics Show currently taking place in Las Vegas, including a deal with London-based casual games provider PlayJam to allow TV app developers to deliver new multi-screen experiences, such as the pairing of devices in the same network, which in turn will enable smartphones or tablets to control apps or games on the living room TV, or provide complementary information.

Rovi technology has also bee selected to power some of the first UltraViolet embedded retail services, with the Rovi Entertainment Store enabling account creation, linking, purchase history and code redemption, disc-to-digital redemptions as well as digital locker management and device streaming. This allows consumers to able to view and access their UltraViolet collections, regardless of where movie purchases were made, directly within the library of their favourite retail service.

However, despite this positive news, Rovi confirmed at the end of last week that it is seeking a buyer for its Rovi Entertainment Store business, as part of ongoing efforts to refocus its attention on growth opportunities related to its core enabling technologies and services.

Finally, Rovi has also put together an HEVC development programme to enable companies to use the latest compression technology to reduce bandwidth costs and deliver a better viewing experience. The programme is set to include new MainConcept encoding SDKs and an update to DivX device certification to allow businesses operating in a variety of sectors to introduce products that support the successor to H.264. The rollout is planned to commence after the standard is ratified.

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