Check it out live in-action at the Microsoft Booth (#SL6716) at NAB in Las Vegas this week!
LOS ANGELES, CA—April 10, 2019 – Zone·tv™ is launching its new zone·ify™ multi-channel video service direct to consumers, enabling access to thousands of hours of fresh, curated, personalized video entertainment for audiences on many devices. The 13-channel service is available later this month on mobile (iOS and Android) and is coming to connected tv devices in the summer of 2019.
Zone·ify features 13 linear-like channels that deliver human-curated digital-first content that is augmented with artificial intelligence, to provide popular content in a highly personalized lean-back viewing experience. Twelve of the 13 new channels are segmented by age groups and by genre to super-serve aficionados of programming about food, gaming, specialty sports, outdoor adventure, kids, entertainment and much more. The 13th channel, “my·zone”, captures all viewer preferences from each channel and serves content that is personalized specifically for each viewer.
John Hargrave, COO of Zone·tv stated, “We are extremely excited about this announcement, as we rapidly build our audience directly with the consumer on their favorite entertainment device. Consumers will enjoy thousands of hours of amazing content and brands, programmed into zone·tv original stories. In addition, they can stop searching and start watching personalized programming, leveraging the incredible discovery and personalization tools that the app has to offer.”
Zone·ify is powered by zone·tv’s Studio (cloud-based video curation and programming platform), using proprietary software and machine learning algorithms developed by zone·tv. The experience is designed to be a linear-like experience, like Pandora for video – delivering stories based on what the individual viewer wants to see. The robust tools seamlessly create intelligent, personally curated, automated and highly engaging thematic linear channels that help viewers discover content that appeals to their own sensibilities.
Zone·tv is collaborating with Microsoft for its A.I. and Programming Studio suites. To better understand each individual video asset and increase personalization accuracy, zone·tv’s Studio leverages Microsoft Azure Video Indexer, part of Microsoft Azure Media Services, as well as Azure Cognitive Services. Zone·tv also uses Azure for ingesting, processing, storing content and managing workflows—all feeding into zone·tv’s proprietary Studio platform which drives personalized entertainment delivery to every consumer endpoint.
“Our relationship with Microsoft is already strong, and together we’re bringing an experience that nobody else on the planet is delivering, creating value for viewers and our content partners through AI-driven personalization. Zone·ify mobile is the next step and further deepens our relationship. As a small company the ability to work with Microsoft to create world class experiences across mobile and traditional operators is really important.” stated, Jeff Weber, CEO of zone·tv.
“Consumers increasingly expect personalized content and programming.” said Sudheer Sirivara, General Manager, Azure Media at Microsoft Corp. “We’re excited to work with Zone·tv to help them deliver these experiences via our award-winning Video Indexer, part of the Azure Media Services platform.”
Zone·ify is a unique and engaging experience that consists of beautifully curated content that is personalized and predictive for the ultimate viewing experience. NAB attendees can see the experience live in-action at the Microsoft Booth # SL6716 – South Hall (Lower), LVCC!
Zone·tv bridges the gap between technology and engaging programming with its innovative technology solution offering a best-in-class, convenient and highly-personalized viewer experience. The zone·tv™ Studio suite of tools allows any video service provider to create personalized thematic channels with their own content. Zone·tv uses its own zone·tv Studio tools to create the first group of 13 Dynamic Channels, an unprecedented linear TV experience using A.I., machine learning and human curation. Its proprietary software architecture combined with an 8,000+ hour content library has powered the company’s monumental growth. Zone·tv has become the largest provider of thematic subscription video on demand services in North America, by offering more than 30 SVOD channels. Its diverse programming and services can be seen on AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, DIRECTV, CenturyLink, TELUS, Bell Canada, Frontier Communications and others. The company has offices in Toronto, Canada, and Santa Monica, CA. For more information, visit www.zone.tv.