(NASDAQ: ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, today announced the port of Audible Magic's SmartID™ ACR (automatic content recognition) technology onto the Entropic set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) platform, which gets embedded into STB devices used by MVPDs. Leveraging an ACR-enabled STB, service providers and advertisers gain an opportunity to monetize digital entertainment and give consumers new ways to interact with various brands as they watch live and recorded TV. The Entropic/Audible Magic platform will be shown using STBs available today at the Audible Magic booth #75314 in Eureka Park at the Venetian as well as Entropic’s Meeting Suite at the Wynn Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 8-11.
Service providers and advertisers seek new methods to increase consumer loyalty and drive revenue. An ACR-based STB solution, like the cooperation between Audible Magic and Entropic, can provide a future-forward approach to revenue-generation and consumer engagement through advanced interactive TV (iTV) and advertising services. Specifically, through this collaboration, Audible Magic delivers patented digital fingerprinting technology that identifies TV content in real-time as it’s shown on the TV screen; Entropic provides its open and flexible STB SoC platform that seamlessly incorporates the Audible Magic ACR system to power the advanced iTV services.
“Every breakthrough service has a key enabling technology,” said Anton Monk, co-founder and vice president of Technology of Entropic. “Our open set-top box system-on-a-chip platform incorporated with the Audible Magic automated content recognition system can provide powerful, long-term relationships between brands and consumers by easily forming meaningful connections between programmers, advertisers and consumers.”
“This collaboration brings the world closer to realizing the enormous potential of interactive advertising,” added Jay Friedman, vice president of Marketing for Audible Magic. “Incorporating ACR technology into a hardware solution as established—and popular—as the Entropic system is a big deal. It will connect TV advertisers to millions of consumers in real time and then tailor promotions and other information to those consumers’ needs more precisely and satisfactorily. We’re delighted to work with Entropic to help make this happen.”