Cable Show 2012: Rovi and Nuance give voice to advanced content discovery

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 22-05-2012

Despite the proliferation of connected TV devices and services there hasn’t been to date a commensurate development in content discovery and Rovi and Nuance Communications are joining forces to fill this gap.
The collaboration between two companies will aim to further accelerate voice activated discovery and guidance applications for cable service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers. Nuance has licensed and will be integrating Rovi’s entertainment data with its Dragon TV voice and language understanding platform for set-top boxes and connected TV devices.

The result, says the firm will be to provide TV manufacturers and cable service providers with an advanced media guide that they assert will redefine consumers’ discovery and TV viewing experience with the ability to access the wide variety of Rovi-indexed content for TV shows, movies and cast and crew details just by speaking. That is the ability to simply speak to change the channel, and browse, bookmark and search for content on both live and On Demand TV. In short, says the two firms, by incorporating Rovi’s content and information data in its language models, Dragon TV will offer the industry’s most compelling, expansive and ready-to-deploy TV voice platform.

“Entertainment options will continue to grow. With it will be the complexity of finding and deciding what to watch. Consumers want easy to use and simple ways for discovering entertainment that doesn’t require a remote control with as many keys as a keyboard. Voice brings this capability,” said Corey Ferengul, EVP of Product Management and Strategy at Rovi Corporation.
“Consumers love that today’s cable services and program guides offer so many options for shows, movies, contents, information widgets and more. But without an easy way to access and discover that content, today’s digital living room experience is lost,” added Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “People will ultimately be able to lean back and speak to instantly find and discover the shows and content they want.”