Cloud Services Power Leading Entertainment Apps Across Platforms and Around the World
During the Consumer Electronics Show, Rovi is hosting a "Developer Zone" that demonstrates a number of solutions supported by Rovi Cloud Services including applications from Motorola Mobility, Roomie Remote, Logitech, Simple.TV, and others. Rovi also will be demonstrating a full complement of new and in-market Rovi solutions, including many Rovi-developed applications powered by Rovi Cloud Services, which are helping fuel the industry's transition to digital entertainment. Meetings are by appointment only, January 10-13, at Caesars Palace.
"We make the Discovr series of apps, which are Number 1 apps across the globe. When we started building Discovr Movies we searched for the best possible movie data, and we found that Rovi had very high quality data and recommendations with excellent coverage, all wrapped up in a solid API with strong technical reliability and support," said David McKinney, CEO and founder, Filter Squad. "Working with Rovi allows us to build incredible experiences for our users and to release our apps to millions of users with confidence. We're very excited to be working with such a great partner and we can't wait to keep building more applications on top of Rovi services."
Rovi data is at the core of these entertainment experiences, helping consumers connect with the content that matters most to them in an intuitive, visually rich way. With Rovi's flexible APIs, international reach, and its massive catalog of multimedia content, companies from a broad range of sizes and industries--from consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers to online, mobile, and application developers of all sizes--are using Rovi Cloud Services to achieve benefits such as expanded content discovery capabilities, enhanced customer service and faster time to market.
Rovi Cloud Services include APIs for real-time access to metadata, recommendations, and search, among others. Many of these APIs are openly made available for evaluation on the Rovi Cloud Services Developer Portal (http://developer.rovicorp.com). Rovi has seen rapid adoption of its APIs since launching the Developer Portal at CES 2011, including conversion of many developer accounts to commercial licenses.
When asked why they choose to use Rovi Cloud Services in their products and services, customers' reasons range from Rovi's ability to accelerate their time to market while reducing cost and complexity, to Rovi's unique combination of cloud-based services and extensive, international data on media content.
"Rovi Cloud Services offer a variety of powerful functionality that lets developers rapidly build creative and engaging entertainment applications, and they are using Rovi content in diverse and frequently ingenious ways," said Corey Ferengul, executive vice president of products, Rovi. "One reason we have launched Rovi Cloud Services and provided real-time access to our extensive, professionally-curated data catalogs and robust search and recommendations solutions is to support our customers' businesses, so they can quickly bring to market their innovative new applications. By providing flexible, robust, standards-based web services interfaces on top of our rich metadata, we believe Rovi makes it easier for developers to create applications that work across a wide variety of internet-connected platforms and devices."
Rovi has one of the world's largest collections of entertainment metadata, much of which it makes available through its public APIs,
-- More than 3.8 million TV programs
-- 500,000+ movie/video titles
-- Over 3 million album releases and 29.8 million music tracks
The products and applications being demonstrated in the Rovi Developer Zone at CES include: -- Discovr (Filter Squad) -- Discovr Movies is the popular new movie
discovery application for Mac and iOS from Filter Squad -- developer of
Discovr Music and Discovr Apps, both Number 1 applications across the
globe with more than 1.5 million downloads to date. Discovr Movies uses
Rovi Data and Recommendations Services to provide rich information and
relevant recommendations to users.
-- List It! (CTAM)-- Through "List It!", a new Facebook application
launched in support of Movies On Demand(R) (MOD) On Cable, movie fans
can answer questions, rank, and share their Top 5 movie lists in many
different categories. "List It!" uses Rovi Cloud Services and is a
complement to the yearlong 2011 MOD marketing campaign supported by the
top U.S. cable companies and 10 major movie studios, and led by the
Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) Marketing
-- Logitech-- Logitech has teamed with Rovi to provide program information
behind its free Harmony Link App for the Logitech Harmony Link. Working
together, Harmony Link and the Harmony Link App turn a user's iPad into
the smartest remote in the house. A user can select a show from the
personalized, in-app TV listings on their iPad and tune in with one
touch. Rovi Data Service includes show synopses and images to give the
user an in-depth experience as they navigate through their entertainment
-- Motorola ATRIX 2 and DROID RAZR by Motorola -- These Android-powered
smartphones have Motorola's unique, built-in connected music player that
features an easy-to-use discovery dashboard for instant access to a
user's favorite artists, as well as personalized song, music video, and
playlist recommendations based on what is in their media library and
which tracks they play.
-- Murfie -- Murfie.com is an online music store listing albums for sale or
trade. It uses Rovi Data and Search Services to provide its customers
with information about the albums available for sale or trade on Murfie.
-- Niveus -- The Niveus Connected Platform is a turnkey solution to OEMs
looking to enable their PC and tablet devices with linear and on-demand
broadcast TV. Niveus is demonstrating an integration with Rovi Cloud
Services that provides rich EPG data and enhanced metadata across its
various DVR & Second Screen Experiences.
-- Roomie Remote (Cyphersoft) -- Roomie Remote controls home theater
components from the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Roomie is a universal
remote supporting thousands of devices, many via direct communication
over the user's home network rather than requiring additional hardware.
Roomie uses Rovi Cloud Services to personalize TV listings matched to a
user's setup, and provides live feedback for many devices to display
other information, like the receiver's volume.
-- Simple.TV -- Using Rovi Cloud Services for its electronic program guide
and rich metadata, Simple.TV's connected DVR enables consumers to watch,
pause and record their favorite network television from their iPad, Roku
box, Google TV, or Smart TV -- anywhere.
-- TapCast-- TapCast is a social media platform that makes television more
social and interactive via a second screen (tablet or smartphone). The
"secret sauce" in its technology uses Rovi Cloud Services to provide TV
viewers with an advanced social and interactive TV listings guide based
on their "Likes" and personal interests.
-- TViD (Audible Magic)-- Using Audible Magic's patented
digital-fingerprint automated content recognition technology, its new
Live TViD(TM) service quickly identifies a live television program a
viewer is watching and then allows application developers to create
synchronized media experiences.
"Roomie Remote brings next-generation home theater control to the masses without expensive custom tablets and programming normally associated with this space. Rovi Cloud Services provide the perfect complement, allowing Roomie to blend guide information together with control of the customer's theater components, closing the loop on the full user experience," said Will Price, CEO and founder, Cyphersoft.
The suite of Rovi Cloud Services includes: -- Rovi Data Service - Provides real-time and up-to-date access to a
massive amount of entertainment metadata from Rovi, including
information about movies, television, music, celebrities, and other
information that can enhance and make entertainment applications more
useful and engaging for the consumer
-- Rovi Recommendations Service - Offers various recommendation types, such
as item-based, filtered, popular, new content, personalized, editorial,
community and others, helping to drive sales and consumption of
-- Rovi Search Service - Combines powerful algorithms, rich metadata, and a
user-centric design approach to provide more accurate and relevant
search capability with filtered, predictive and personalized results
-- Rovi Management Services -- Reserved for Rovi applications and select
third-parties, a set of user profile, device and event management APIs,
and reporting and analytics capabilities, which can be paired with the
other web services to support user personalization and a seamless
consumer experience, regardless of platform or device
-- Rovi Media Recognition Service - Enables companies to enhance their
entertainment offerings by recognizing and tagging physical and digital
media files with rich entertainment metadata
-- Rovi Advertising Service - Allows companies to monetize their connected
devices and create recurring revenue streams by serving advertising on
living room displays
Developers can register an account and apply for an API key to evaluate Rovi Cloud Services today at http://developer.rovicorp.com.