SeaChange International has partnered with Jinni for a new VOD search and navigation tool for cable and telco set top boxes. Jinni is a taste-based recommendation engine that uses semantic technology to help people choose what to watch. Available for deployment in early 2010, SeaChange introduced the Jinni interface running on its TV Navigator middleware platform as part of its three-screen video delivery demonstration at IBC.

The combination of SeaChange’s middleware and VOD platforms with Jinni’s extensive database of movie and television titles and semantic content tags lets subscribers search for titles based on parameters such as a film’s or program’s experience (mood and tone) and story (plot elements, structures and style). (For more on Jinni’s mood-based search, click here).

Subscribers will also be able to search their operators’ VOD libraries using web-enabled PCs and mobile devices. The titles they select for viewing will automatically populate a “favorites” folder that is accessible on their set top box-based program guide.

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