Developers can now add a host of entertainment personalization and search features to applications, web sites, and smart TVs thanks to a new suite of APIs from London-based company, Tank Top TV Ltd.
Tank Top TV’s new developer site at developers.tanktop.tv documents a range of TV and movie-related interfaces for entertainment service operators and platforms, as well as independent developers.
Portals, Pay TV operators, and Smart TV platforms can now easily implement functions similar to AOL’s recently re-launched Moviefone service, through Tank Top TV’s universal search APIs for finding TV shows and films across multiple on-demand services.
Pay TV operators and other developers can now use the APIs to support cloud-based personalization features for their own services. As well as watchlists, personal profiles, and recommendations, this includes Tank Top TV’s proprietary personalized listings algorithms, which have been proven to help users find TV & movies they want to watch more quickly than the traditional category-based listings used by most operators today.
“We architected the platform to support segregated systems,” explains Tank Top TV CTO Phil Pearl. “You can store and retrieve catalogue information for your service, independently of any other services that are running within the Tank Top TV platform. For example, that allows for listings and recommendations that only include content from your own catalog.”
The APIs are free to use for non-commercial use. “We’re keen to support the developer community and see what exciting apps and integrations they will build,” adds Pearl.
Tank Top TV currently indexes content from over 25 video services in the UK and US, including the major streaming and download services like iTunes, Sky’s NowTV, Netflix and Hulu alongside smaller services such as PictureBox and Distrify. Further support for other entertainment services is planned in the coming months.