Nielsen’s Gracenote Launches ID System for Movies, TV Programs

Gracenote, a Nielsen company, is bowing a new “video ID distribution system” enabling creators and owners of media programming to more easily distribute their movies, TV shows, short-form videos and other related content to global over-the-top video services, smart device manufacturers and cable and satellite TV providers.

Using the system, studios and networks will be able to register their content with Gracenote‘s Video Database and obtain connected identification markers to enable better search and discovery in program guides, interfaces and OTT catalogs.

Content creators and owners can submit movies, TV programs or short form video content for inclusion in Gracenote’s Video Database, which brings together metadata, linear schedules and VOD/OTT catalogs for more than 85 countries.

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In addition, content holders can submit their own descriptive metadata, tags and imagery, which Gracenote will editorially review and prepare for broad distribution.

“The new system will help creators and owners secure the broadest possible distribution of their programming while providing leading VOD and OTT services a means to easily identify and access relevant metadata for next-generation search and discovery experiences,” Simon Adams, chief product officer at Gracenote, said in a statement.

With the entertainment industry is in the midst of a massive change as new services, platforms and devices compete for audiences and mindshare, the volume of video content grows exponentially.

Gracenote says OTT video services require improved descriptive metadata and universal identifiers to ensure their catalogs are well-organized so that viewers can easily search for and find what they want to watch.

With major video streaming services home to around 40,000 TV episodes and movies, long-tail programming can face “discoverability” challenges, according to Gracenote.

The company says its new software also enables short-form videos to have the power to captivate existing fans and attract new users to services.

Using connected metadata and content IDs from Gracenote, displaying episodes of the short-form video content alongside episodes of related long-form content is simplified. This enables video services to drive deeper engagement with viewers and provide a one-stop shop for all related content, according to Gracenote.

Gracenote IDs and metadata provide common links between TV series, seasons and episodes, as well as related TV and movie genres, celebrities, and other descriptive information.

This promises to improve how Hollywood movies, independent films and short-form videos alike are distributed to and surfaced in pay TV and OTT catalogs, as well as accessed by consumers.

Gracenote is showcasing the new software at IBC in Amsterdam (Hall 14, G29) from Sept. 13 – 17.

Season Two of ‘The Deuce’ Coming to Digital Dec. 3, Disc Feb. 5 From HBO

The Deuce: The Complete Second Season will come out on digital Dec. 3 and Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 5 from HBO Home Entertainment.

The Deuce: The Complete Second Season continues to trace the evolution and power dynamics of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square neighborhood in the 1970s. Picking up in late 1977, five years after season one, The Deuce’s backroom massage parlors and hotels have exploded into sprawling emporiums, while the New York Mafia’s grip on the porn business is beginning to slip as talent migrates to the West Coast. Season 2 also captures the disco era in all its excesses before developers, crack cocaine, AIDS and videotapes conspire to end the scene.

The cast includes James Franco (The Disaster Artist), first season Golden Globe-nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart), Margarita Levieva (“Revenge”), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (“The Wire”), Dominique Fishback (HBO’s “Show Me a Hero”) and newcomer Luke Kirby (“Rectify”).

Bonus features include “The Deuce Season 1 Recap”; “Candy’s Back,” showing viewers where Candy (Gyllenhaal) is headed in season two; and “Height of Porn,” which explores the proliferation of porn in late ‘70s New York.

Apple Ups Q4 ‘Services’ Revenue 27%

Apple services revenue, which includes sales of digital movies and TV shows on iTunes and Apple TV, remains an emerging giant.

The tech company Nov. 1 reported fourth-quarter (ended Sept. 29) services revenue of more than $10 billion, up 27% from services revenue of $7.9 billion during the previous-year period.

The segment, which also includes AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services, benefited from a one-time adjustment of $640 million due to a change in estimate based on the availability of additional supporting information.

Overall, Apple generated net income of $14.1 billion on revenue of $62.9 billion, compared to income of $10.7 billion and revenue of $52.5 billion last year.

The company sold more than 46.8 million iPhones, 9.7 million iPads and 5.3 million Macs in the quarter.

“We set September quarter revenue records for iPhone and wearables and all-time quarterly records for services and Mac,” CFO Luca Maestri said in a statement.

 

‘Nathan for You’ Complete Series Coming on DVD Dec. 11 From Paramount

The Comedy Central series “Nathan For You” arrives in a complete series set on DVD Dec. 11 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Comedian Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. Because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan’s genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.

The nine-disc DVD set includes all four seasons and more than 30 episodes. It also includes audio commentary on select episodes and extras such as the full “Dumb Starbucks” press conference and deleted scenes from “Finding Frances.”

Fourth Season of ‘Ballers’ Due on Digital from HBO Nov. 5

Ballers: The Complete Fourth Season, featuring Dwayne Johnson, will be available for digital download Nov. 5 from HBO Home Entertainment.

In the fourth season of the series exploring the glamorous and often cutthroat world of pro football, Spencer (Johnson) and Joe Krutel (Rob Corddry) expand their empire in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Ricky (John David Washington) eyes a comeback.

Guest stars include Russell Brand, Tony Hawk, Joy Bryant and Ernie Hudson.

Third Season of HBO’s ‘Insecure’ Available on Digital Oct. 29

The latest season of HBO’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series “Insecure” will be available for digital download Oct. 29.

Insecure: The Complete Third Season follows creator, writer and star Issa Rae as Issa, and her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) as they tackle work woes, relationship escapades and awkward moments. In the third season, Issa attempts to navigate complicated relationships while on the work front she begins to question her role at the nonprofit We Got Y’all. Meanwhile, Molly (Yvonne Orji) sets boundaries in order to concentrate on her dream job at a black-owned law firm, which she risks sabotaging with her insecurities and hang-ups.

Jay Ellis (Lawrence), Y’lan Noel (Daniel), Natasha Rothwell (Kelli), Amanda Seales (Tiffany) and Lisa Joyce (Frieda) also return.

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley: Season 5’ Available for Digital Download June 11

Silicon Valley: Season 5, will be available for digital download June 11 from HBO Home Entertainment.

The latest release in the Emmy Award-winning series includes eight, 30-minute episodes and explores new dynamics for the core cast. Pied Piper on an upswing as the platform’s new peer-to-peer internet platform is garnering buzz and looking poised to make a splash. However, leadership challenges, new faces in a new office, and the looming rivalry with Hooli CEO Gavin Belson threaten to shake Richard Hendricks’ confidence.

In addition to Emmy-nominee Thomas Middleditch as Richard Hendricks (Joshy,Godzilla King of Monsters), the cast includes Zach Woods as Jared (“The Office,” The Post), Kumail Nanjiani as Dinesh (The Big Sick), Martin Starr as Gilfoyle (“Freaks and Geeks,” “Party Down”), Josh Brener as ‘Big Head’(“Maron,” “Highly Gifted”), Amanda Crew as Monica Hall (Table 19, American Murderer), Matt Ross as Gavin Belson (“Big Love,” “American Horror Story”), Jimmy O. Yang as Jian Yang (upcoming Crazy Rich Asians) and Suzanne Cryer as Laurie Bream (The Fosters).

‘Shark Week’ Celebrates 30th With Blu-ray Combo Pack Walmart Exclusive for Summer

Lionsgate will release the Shark Week: 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus digital and DVD) July 3 exclusively at Walmart until Sept. 4, when it will be available at other retailers.

“Shark Week” celebrates 30 years with fan-selected favorites ranging from shark science to harrowing survival stories.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.99) includes more than six hours of episodes, as well as an exclusive code that allows fans to access 25 additional episodes.

Apple Q2 Services Revenue Increases 31%

Apple May 2 reported second-quarter (ended March 31) “services” revenue of $9.1 billion, which was up 31% from revenue of $7 billion during the previous-year period.

Services includes revenue from digital content and services (i.e. iTunes Store selling/renting movies, TV shows, audiobooks and music); Apple Music subscription service, AppleCare (warranty), Apple Pay, App Store, licensing and other services.

Through six months, revenue is up 24% to $17.6 billion, compared to $14.2 billion last year. Services revenue represented 15% of total revenue in the quarter compared to 13% in the previous-year period. The segment generated 12% of total revenue through six months, compared to 11% last year.

Apple attributed the increase primarily licensing, App Store and iCloud – not digital content sales. Indeed, last summer The Wall Street Journal reported iTunes’ market share selling/renting video content had dropped below 25% from above 50% in 2012.

The decline is due in part to increased SVOD use among consumers, in addition to increased competition from Amazon Instant Video and Comcast – the latter the first pay-TV operator to sell/rent movies and TV shows.

Meanwhile, Apple sold $38 billion worth of iPhones, $4.1 billion in iPads and $5.8 billion in Mac computers, which was up 14% and 6%, respectively, for iPhones and iPads. Mac sales remained flat.

Original ‘Roseanne’ Series Available to Stream on FilmRise’s Ad-Supported Network

FilmRise has just released the complete original series of “Roseanne” on its ad-supported streaming network.

The series, starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, is available to stream for free across FilmRise apps, including on the Roku and Xbox platforms. The company will soon launch “Roseanne” on FilmRise apps across additional platforms, connected TVs, and mobile devices.

ABC recently re-booted the Emmy award-winning sitcom featuring many of the original cast members to strong ratings.

During the original run that aired from 1988 to 1997, “Roseanne” reached No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings, at one point becoming the most watched television show in the United States. The show remained in the top 4 rated shows for six of its nin seasons. Its finale attracted 16 million viewers.

“We are thrilled to offer fans of this unique series an opportunity to watch all of the original ‘Roseanne’ seasons for free on FilmRise ad-supported platforms,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, in a statement. “The original ‘Roseanne’ broke social barriers and connected with millions of viewers, and we are excited to bring this iconic show to the FilmRise streaming network.”

FilmRise licensed the show from Carsey-Werner Television Distribution.