I'm pleased to be joined once again by Colin Dixon, senior partner at The Diffusion Group, for the 116th edition of the VideoNuze Report podcast, for Jan. 13, 2012. Colin joins us from CES in Las Vegas (note, it's a little noisy). As anyone who's been following the news out of CES this week, connected or "Smart TVs" are all the rage.
In today's podcast Colin reports on what impressed him and what didn't. We dig into topics like universal search through voice and motion control, the role of second screens like the iPad to navigate Smart TVs, how pay-TV services are being integrated and how advertising is going to play a role plus much more. One thing is for sure, Smart TV's are going to be a big business in 2012. Colin says that TDG's research on purchase intent shows huge consumer interest in Smart TVs. Listen in to learn more!
Click here to listen to the podcast (18 minutes, 33 seconds)
Video metadata solutions provider Digitalsmiths has closed a $12.5 million Series C round, led by strategic investor Technicolor, with participation by existing investors .406 Ventures, Aurora Funds, Chrysalis Ventures, Capitol Broadcasting and Cisco. With the financing Digitalsmiths has raised a little over $30 million.
Ben Weinberger, Digitalsmiths CEO and Co-Founder told me that the round was oversubscribed and that additional funds are also available. The new round will support increased marketing and sales efforts for Digitalsmiths' search and discovery solutions targeted to premium video providers. The round will also support planned international expansion.
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