automatic content recognition

INdustry: DisplaySearch Provides Much-Needed Data on the Smart-TV Landscape

The search is over. I've been looking around for some time for market data on smart-TV shipments, and it's been relatively elusive--until now. Earlier this year, DisplaySearch, a long-established market data company, started publishing their smart-TV report.

INdustry: Civolution Supersizes ACR with Ad Info

It feels like the ACR business is starting to shift gears. Whereas last year, I think the market was working to grock the scope and importance of ACR and its ability to connect devices and cloud services to traditional TV, now it seems like we're digging in a bit and starting to figure out how to actually do all this stuff.

The iTV Doctor Is In!: Did the Super Bowl Just Reinvent Interactive Television?

Dear Readers :

Didja happen to catch the following image in the Best Buy ad during Sunday's Super Bowl?

The interactive television sands have just shifted under our feet, all because of the folks at Shazam. They enabled ads from the likes of Toyota,, Pepsi, Best Buy and others to engage viewers in a true interactive television experience. During THE SUPER BOWL!...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): CTAM, Samsung, Fashion TV, Shazam, Syfy, E! USA Network

--Multiple Oscar Winners and Nominees to Be Featured on Cable VOD during Academy Awards Run-Up
--Samsung in European Connected-TV Deal with Fashion TV
--Shazam Brings ACR-Powered Interactivity to Shows on Syfy, E!, USA Network
Due to the large volume of news generated by the recent 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with...

INdustry: ACR TV at CES 2012: News, Rumbles and Outlook

There were a lot of ACR announcements at CES. Most, though, were about companion app plays of various types. Civolution and Audible Magic both showed up with really their first market moves with a plethora of new partners. RCDb inked new deals with Zeitera and Audible Magic. It was a partner press cornucopia. On the ACR TV front, established player Gracenote entered the ACR tech competition with Gracenote Entourage, a new audio fingerprinting tech offering...

Audible Magic to Launch Live TV Synchronization Service

-- ACR Provider Gives Sneak Peak of New Technology at TVOT NYC Intensive
Audible Magic said it will introduce a live TV identification and synchronization service at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas which will be able to identify TV content even if it is live, reality-based material. The automatic content recognition technology provider is also giving attendees at The TV Of Tomorrow Show in New York Monday a sneak peak of the technology. Audible Magic has an exhibit at the TVOT NYC Intensive conference...

Pillsbury Integrates Shazam for TV in Ad Campaign

-- General Mills is First Packaged Goods Company to Use Shazam's ACR Technology

General Mills announced an agreement with Shazam to use its Shazam for TV mobile discovery application in ads for its Pillsbury Crescents brand. The marketing deal – announced Monday at The TV of Tomorrow Show in New York – lets mobile phone users watching a 15-second TV spot for Pillsbury receive links to recipes and videos sent to their phones. Targeting millennial moms, the 15-second "Holidays Made Easy" TV spots will air on...

INdustry: Ensequence + Zeitera = A Compelling New Approach to ACR for Companion Apps

Recently, Ensequence and Zeitera announced a new partnership for companion app publishing using automatic content recognition (ACR). I found this quite intriguing. I couldn't recall any other ACR companies doing deals with ITV publishing companies. Something was different. Before proceeding, let's refresh what this is about. ACR has become a buzzword of sorts and the lines describing various uses of automatic content recognition are starting to blur.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): HSN, Intel, Intrasonics, Ball State University

--HSN Enables Second-Screen tCommerce via QR Codes
--Intel to Close its Digital Home Group
--ACR-Based Interactive TV Company, Intrasonics, Launches SDK
--Ball State University Center for Media and Design in ACR Partnership with Intrasonics
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Multiplatform retailer, HSN (which has a history of pioneering interactive TV/tcommerce in the US), debuted Quick Response (QR) codes as a tcommerce mechanism on its HSN HD channel during its recent Innovation Weekend (October 7th-10th). "Reaffirming its position as a leader in transactional innovation, HSN will be the first ever retailer...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): TOLN, UMG, TVplus, Disney, Universal, Comcast

--TOLN Partners with Universal Music Group to Bring Music Purchases to Online Soap Operas
--ACR Company, TVplus, Powers Second Screen Experience for Disney's "The Lion King"
--Universal Abandons Plan to Release "Tower Heist" Three Weeks after Theatrical Release
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. The Online Network (TOLN) contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about a new deal which, among other things, will see it enabling ecommerce on its online versions of the soap operas, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." TOLN "has partnered with Universal Music Group (UMG) license music...