Comcast, Video Search Firms Net Tech Emmys

Comcast, Digitalsmiths, Jinni, ThinkAnalytics Recognized
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Comcast along with three vendors – DigitalSmiths, Jinni, and ThinkAnalytics – will receive Emmys in the Technology & Engineering category, recognized for their work in the category of “Personalized Recommendation Engines for Video Discovery” for multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

All will be honored at the 66th annual Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards on Jan, 8, 2015, at the International Consumer Electronics Show at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

The vendors being recognized have deals in place with a variety of pay-TV and OTT providers around the globe.

ThinkAnalytics, which claims that its technology services north of 130 million subs, counts customers such as Fox, Cox Communications, Liberty Global, BSkyB, Viaplay, and Zon in Portugal.

Customers for Jinni’s personalized taste-and-mood based video engine include AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Microsoft Xbox, VUDU, Telus, Belgacom, Prisa, SingTel, TV4 and DSTv. It claims that its service currently reaches more than 50 million subscribers.

DigitalSmiths, acquired by TiVo earlier this year, has deployments or partnerships with Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, Cisco Systems, Warner Bros., Paramount, Technicolor, Univision, Roku, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Sharp, Turner Sports, the National Basketball Association, the PGA, NASCAR, Beemly (formerly zeebox),  i.TV, and Australia’s Foxtel.

Comcast, meanwhile, has made personalization and recommendations a priority in X1, its cloud-based guide and navigation system for set-tops and mobile devices. Of recent note, Comcast has been beta testing “Movie Night,” a social movie-picking mobile app that works in tandem with the X1 platform and the MSO's video-on-demand service.

Here are the other recipients of the 66th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards, announced last week:

Pioneering Development of 2nd Screen Navigable Mosaic for Direct Programmer Offerings to Consumers via the Internet



Development of Low Latency Video Streaming Live Captioning Systems



Television Enhancement Devices






Non-Live Large Scale Online Video Systems


Standardization and Productization of JPEG2000 (J2K) Interoperability

-Video Services Forum

-Media Links



-Harris Broadcast (now Imagine Communications)


-Artel Video Systems



Innovation in Improving Engagement Around Television in Social media


-Mass Relevance (Spreadfast)

Secure Accelerated File Movement over IP including the Internet

-Aspera Inc.




Pioneering Delivery of Pay TV Linear Video to Consumer Owned and Managed

Devices Over a High Speed Data Connection

-Major League Baseball Advanced Media

-Time Warner Cable