Rovi acquires Fanhattan for content discovery
Michelle Clancy
| 04 November 2014
Rovi Corp has acquired Fanhattan, a venture-backed start-up for content discovery, in an all-cash transaction.

Fanhattan offers multiscreen media and entertainment search and discovery via its cloud-based Fan TV-branded products. It integrates different sources of programming, such as linear television, video on demand (VOD), and over-the-top (OTT) video into a unified experience.

Fanhattan founders Gilles BianRosa and Olivier Chalouhi will become part of the leadership team in Rovi's Discovery Products Business Group.

"Rovi prides itself in realising innovations before the industry demands them, and we are excited to augment our next-generation guidance and discovery solutions with an award-winning unified entertainment experience," said Omar Javaid, SVP and GM of Rovi's discovery group. "We believe the Fanhattan technologies and team will complement Rovi's advanced metadata, semantic discovery and predictive analytics capabilities to offer truly differentiated solutions to our customers."

Combining Rovi and Fanhattan capabilities results in a modular cloud-based platform that supports IP and hybrid STB boxes, DVR functionality and personalised interactive user-interfaces through reference design hardware and a software development kit.

"We're excited to take Fanhattan's vision to the next level," said BianRosa. "By combining our technology with Rovi's expansive offerings and established relationships with content and service providers, we can significantly accelerate our goal of bringing next-generation entertainment discovery experience to the world."