May 15, 2019
3SS And Media Distillery Team Up To Enable Ultra-Personalized AI-Powered TV Viewing
Award-winning 3READY Front End and UI solution from 3SS is now pre-integrated with innovative video-centric AI solution from Media Distillery to deliver new possibilities for content discovery and personalization
Joint offering uses deep harvesting of metadata to enable service providers and content owners to understand and leverage their content assets more deeply, and to leverage advanced advertising opportunities, while benefiting from faster deployment through pre-integration
Viewers can now enjoy feature-rich, truly personal TV experiences through the coming-together of two multiple award-winning technology leaders
Stuttgart and Amsterdam – 15 May, 2019 – 3 Screen Solutions (3SS), leading provider of software solutions for Android TV set-top boxes (STB) and multiscreen digital entertainment, and Media Distillery, recognized specialists in the use of AI technology to understand what’s inside video, announce that they have joined forces to launch and co-commercialize a new pre-integrated AI-based end-to-end platform which enables unprecedented TV service personalization and a range of benefits for operators and their subscribers.
The AI-based solution comprises a wide combination of Machine Learning methodologies to recognise every visual and audial aspect inside video, including faces, speech, topics, logos and text. This deep content understanding and indexing of what actually makes up an item of video content enables user searches that yield highly diverse and accurate results.
Media Distillery’s technology is an ideal complement to 3SS’ 3READY front end and UI/UX solution which has rapidly grown in popularity among major operators. 3READY’s intuitive and adaptive UI helps subscribers easily discover and access compelling content, across content sources whether on connected TV, set-top box, games console, mobile device or browser.
The joint solution brings the era of true personal TV a big step closer, making it possible for the viewer to enjoy his or her own virtual linear channel tailored to his/her likes, embracing content from the operator or broadcaster, web, library, live, on-demand, catch-up, etc, all harmoniously presented.
Since the 3SS-Media Distillery solution is pre-integrated, operators can reap the benefits of accelerated deployment and launch of this advanced business-enhancing solution.
What differentiates Media Distillery’s AI technology is that it makes each item of content searchable by creating a very broad range of metadata, with a depth and variety beyond that which is typically available using alternative solutions. The result is that the operator gets Deep Content Understanding™ in real-time and on an unparalleled scale.
Thanks to the Media Distillery technology, viewers can not only search for a programme by title, they can search by persons of interest, event or even search for recommendations by topic. The universe of content served by the operator is thus made hyper-searchable.
3READY has recently been further enhanced via the introduction of 3READY Assistant, which significantly deepens standard Google Assistant integration to give operators extra flexibility, and makes Google Assistant more powerful and functional for subscribers. Technical interconnection between Google and 3READY enables a wider array of operator-determined command options and with more granular context, further enhancing the user experience.
Voice assistants are primarily used to search, but “no results found” can frequently appear. However the combination of voice search plus rich metadata made possible by the new 3SS-Media Distillery collaboration gives operators a powerful set of capabilities which can transform the act of searching, yielding superior user experiences and monetization possibilities.
The knowledge of what’s inside the content combines with the system’s ability to capture and interpret viewer actions and preferences.
The deep, detailed, accurate searching enabled by the joint solution is generations beyond what’s possible by using the traditional operator EPG, metadata and UIs to hunt for content. The days of “No results found” are numbered.
The solution helps operators become better content aggregators because they can gain deeper understanding of the content they own and/or have rights to use, and will get a better understanding of all the possibilities to monetize it. Part of this is being able to provide an array of search results which is bigger, better and more finely user-tailored.
In parallel, the solution enables the operator to execute next-generation advertising strategies. Because the operator knows exactly what the viewer likes to see, relevant ads can be served which are tailored to his or her tastes and interests.
These capabilities help operators to realize maximum revenue potential from all their content assets, and from their businesses.
Helping the viewer find the content they really want, and displaying their content options with great variety in an attractive, intuitive, easy-to-use interface, will lead to subscribers spending more time interacting with the operator’s service. It will also encourage greater loyalty over the long term because the perceived value is very high.
3READY is highly flexible and pre-engineered to deliver today’s most compelling functional requirements. With its inherent automation and embedded A/B testing capability, 3READY empowers operators, broadcasters and content owners to introduce branded services faster with state-of-the-art application architecture ready to customize to business needs. Operators’ marketing objectives are thus supported, while giving world-class entertainment experiences to subscribers.
Among several awards won by 3SS and its customers at the prestigious 2019 Connies Awards last week, 3READY Assistant was named “Best Use of Connected Technology”. At the same ceremony, Canal Digital was Highly Commended by the Connies Awards judges while Com Hem Tv Hub won the prize for Best User Experience and was also Overall Grand Prix winner.
“While it may be easy to search for content, we all know it is not always easy to find it,” says Roland Sars, CEO of Media Distillery. “With our new joint solution with 3SS, viewers will get much more personal TV experiences, and finding their desired content will be quicker, easier, and more intuitive,” he added.
“With its AI expertise and innovation, Media Distillery is redefining the potential of content aggregation; it transforms an operator’s ability to really harvest content to get maximum yield, benefitting revenues while enabling great, personalized experiences for subscribers,” said Kai-Christian Borchers, Managing Director of 3SS. “The TV of the future will be both simple and personal, and the combination of Media Distillery and 3READY is making that future possible today.”
About Media Distillery
Headquartered in Amsterdam, Media Distillery provides Artificial Intelligence technology to understand what’s inside video for global brands, TV and media companies. Our Deep Content Understanding™ solution generates next-generation metadata and enables consumers and media professionals to search and analyse video content in real-time and at unparalleled scale. Since 2014, Media Distillery works with customers around the globe including Telenet, VTR and LexisNexis successfully enriching their user experiences. www.mediadistillery.com
About 3 Screen Solutions (3SS)
3SS delivers world-class software solutions to service providers and technology innovators to bring video to any screen. 3SS designs and engineers bespoke front end and back end solutions for TV & Video. The ground-breaking 3READY Android STB + Multiscreen Solution solves broadcasters’ and operators’ challenges while elevating audience engagement, and transforming the economics of multiscreen digital entertainment. With 3READY, branded and custom services can be deployed faster, accelerating revenue flow. 3SS is an acknowledged leader in system integration, app development, UI/UX design innovation and solution architecture. Customers include major satellite, cable, IPTV, OTT and mobile TV operators, including Swisscom, Canal Digital, Com Hem, Vodafone Kabel Deutschland, Liberty Global (UPC, Unitymedia), SES, Eutelsat, and O2/Telefonica. Broadcast customers include ProSiebenSat.1, n-tv and Viacom, among others. www.3ss.tv
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