Vestel Selects Gracenote Interactive Program Guide for its Smart TVs

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Gracenote today announced that its eyeQ Interactive Program Guide (IPG) will be available in Smart TVs from Vestel, providing the consumer electronics leader a one-stop, global solution for TV program listings. In addition, Vestel is developing iPad and Android Apps that will allow TV viewers to interact with and control their Vestel-developed Smart TVs with a Gracenote eyeQ program guide. Demonstrations of Vestel¹s products will be showcased next month during CES 2013.

"We are excited to count Vestel as a key company to roll out our next generation Smart TV technologies in Europe," said Stephen White, President of Gracenote. "Vestel understands the role of the Smart TV and mobile device in the connected living room, and we look forward to collaborating with them to create an experience that integrates devices, data and services in a way that is more intuitive and entertaining for audiences."

"With so many broadcast and on-demand TV and video sources being integrated into the Smart TV, viewers need a way to easily navigate through the endless programming choices. Gracenote provides the program metadata for Vestel to create Smart TV and second screen solutions that simplify how consumers search for content, share experiences across social networks and find related programs," said Hakan Kutlu, Deputy General Manager at Vestel. "Through this relationship with Gracenote, Vestel is redefining the TV experience for viewers around the globe ­ making it more personal, engaging and easier to use."


Gracenote and Vestel Personalize the TV Viewing Experience


With Gracenote eyeQ in its Smart TV platform, Vestel will provide a streamlined way of finding and accessing content from both broadcast and on-demand/streaming sources.

  • Integrated Guide & Listings: Viewers can enjoy up to 21 days of TV program schedules and listings combined with on-demand and streaming content information‹from a centralized home screen.
  • Simplified Search: Lets viewers browse all of their favorite broadcast channels and on-demand content from a simple, intuitive user interface.

Mobile Apps Integrate with Vestel-developed Smart TVs

Vestel is developing iPad and Android Apps that will allow TV viewers to interact with their TV set using TV listings and schedules powered by Gracenote eyeQ.

  • Second Screen Sync: Creates a more personal connection to the TV experience, letting viewers control all of their channels from the comfort of a second screen.
  • Simplified Channel Surfing: Taps into Gracenote¹s data and technology to sort and filter information, making browsing channel guides simpler and easier.

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