CHICAGO, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TMS, the international leader in entertainment navigation, and Shazam, the world's leading media engagement company, today announced that "Shazam for TV™" is now powered by world-class On® Entertainment data from TMS. Shazam's second-screen service relies on industry-leading TMS data to provide TV viewers the richest, most comprehensive show descriptions, cast information, images and related content to enhance their viewing experiences.
The Shazam App automatically detects what TV viewers are watching using proprietary audio content recognition (ACR) technology. The app then delivers users related content including cast and program information and more. By providing users additional content tied to TV shows, Shazam is able to maximize engagement and drive more viewership. This increases Shazam's value within the TV ecosystem.
TMS' On Entertainment data powers the most exciting entertainment guides and UIs on the planet. MVPDs, CE manufacturers, recommendation services, application developers and other parties increasingly rely on TMS data to power a range of new and innovative entertainment-related services. The Shazam deployment adds another leading brand to TMS' client roster and further diversifies its customer base.
"Shazam's mission is to create interesting, compelling and, most importantly, relevant mobile experiences when people use the Shazam App while watching television. TMS' entertainment data enables us to successfully deliver a great experience to our users whenever they want to engage with their favorite shows," said Rich Riley, CEO at Shazam.
"Shazam's use of TMS' On Entertainment data ensures highly engaging mobile experiences for TV-loving consumers," said Shashi Seth, President of Tribune Digital Ventures, which includes oversight of TMS. "By providing the richest program-related data available anywhere, TMS helps companies like Shazam leverage popular TV content, build affinity among users and ultimately grow their businesses."
The Shazam application is available for free download in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and AT&T's AppCenter.
TMS metadata powers the leading television and movie guide products which reach millions of consumers in 40 countries through clients including Microsoft, Yahoo!, TiVo, Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, IMDb, Virgin Media UK, Com Hem, DIRECTV Latin America and Cablevision Mexico.
TMS is an international leader in entertainment information. As part of its On® Entertainment product line the company provides industry leading TV, movie and celebrity metadata that fuels the most exciting entertainment guides and applications on the planet. TMS data reaches millions of consumers in 40 countries through clients including Microsoft, Yahoo!, TiVo, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV, IMDb, Virgin Media UK, Com Hem, DIRECTV Latin America and Cablevision Mexico. In addition, this comprehensive metadata is used extensively for media measurement and analysis. For more information about TMS visit TribuneMediaServices.com.
Shazam is the world's leading media engagement company connecting people to the media around them through their mobile device. When a user shazams a song or TV show, they are able to identify, explore, purchase and share that content. One of the world's top ten apps, Shazam reaches more than 420 million users in 200 countries, exceeds 80 million monthly active users, and is growing by another 13 million new users each month.
Shazam makes it easy for people to share their discoveries on Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Pinterest and Google+. And to purchase through iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. For people who don't yet have the Shazam application on their smartphone, it is available for FREE on every major platform and can be found on iTunes App Store, Google play, Amazon App Store, and other app stores.
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