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Gigom and ProgammableWebboth recently released articles on Boxfish, a television discovery startup, who are just released an improved TV discovery app. Boxfish captures all closed-captioning information (Something that zeebox also harnesses for it's zeetags), indexes it, then makes that data searchable in a Twitter-style interface. All in real-time. And now there's an API for 3rd Party TV Developers to tap into.
Boxfish is a platform that captures every word spoken on television, processing the data in real-time, to create a new discovery layer for live TV and the technology is being used on mobiles, tablets, TV’s and set top boxes to create products like search, live alerts and trending topics for TV. Boxfish works with blue chip companies such as AT&T, DirecTV and TiVo to create new data and user experiences and claims to transform the discovery, navigation and monetization of television.
"I just want to see people use this to build a better TV," said Boxfish CEO, Eoin Dowling to Programmable Web.
The big vision is that Boxfish would be a mobile app, a connected TV app, something tuned into your TV (whether that be a box top device, a smart TV, or good old-fashioned cable) to help you manage and interpret the airwaves.
Boxfish is not new - it's been around since 2011. But what is new is the decision to open up their ecosystem.
Boxfish monitors over 1,000 conversations at a time to analyze key topics which makes searchable TV. Boxfish believes it's a sensible replacement for the electronic program guide (EPG) which are just getting too busy with far too many channels.
Boxfish was founded by Eoin Dowling and Kevin Burkitt in January 2011 and Boxfish raised $3 million in a funding round led by T-Venture, the Venture Capital arm of Deutsche Telekom. The team now has ten employees, and is headquartered in Palo Alto.