Digitalsmiths and zeebox Sign Deal for Content Discovery

written by: Richard Kastelein

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digitalzeeboxDigitalsmiths, the leader in personalized video discovery, today announced that zeebox, the innovative personalized TV companion application, has selected Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery® to power key elements of video discovery across all of zeebox's supported platforms.

zeebox users can now enjoy compelling, relevant content recommendations in exciting new ways. Launched this week, the zeebox "Recommended For You" feature delivers personalized recommendations based on individual viewing behavior within the zeebox application. In addition, zeebox's "Similar Shows" feature allows users to discover related content that is most similar to the show currently being watched, what has been watched, or what is available in the future.

"Our users tell us that program discovery is a key use for second screen applications," said Anthony Rose, Co-Founder and CTO at zeebox. "People love the zeebox program guide, but scrolling through a list of 150 channels is not the future. What you want is a small set of program recommendations, just for you, that you can watch right now. Our new personalized recommendation system offers that, based on your viewing history, likes and more. We look to evolve zeebox further over the coming months to be your perfect personalized program discovery application."

Deployed by leading multichannel video programming distributors, consumer electronics manufacturers and second screen applications, Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery is the industry's most comprehensive video discovery platform powering personalized search, recommendations, social discovery, mood discovery, and sports discovery all enabled by robust data management capabilities. Seamless Discovery delivers these capabilities, as well as a suite of business management tools that providers can use to further strategically control and personalize their video offerings.

"With the amount of content choices and navigation options available, TV viewers increasingly expect more personalized experiences," said Ben Weinberger, CEO and Co- Founder of Digitalsmiths. "By leveraging key features of our Seamless Discovery platform, zeebox users receive even greater personalization and relevance to an already-compelling and immersive TV experience.

zeebox uniquely enables consumers to discover what's hot on TV right now – among their friends, top celebrities, or the Twitterverse. zeeboxers can follow their favorite stars' TV viewing, get access to exclusive content related to top shows and even buy the products they see on-screen. Using its unique knowledge of what is happening in the shows you are

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Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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