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SnapStream 6.1 Delivers the Smartest TV Media Monitoring Software in the Industry

December 09 2013 by Jennifer Miller

SnapStream today announced the 6.1 release of its TV Monitoring and Search technology. The release features groundbreaking language intelligence delivering the most relevant TV search results, new TV playlists for sequenced playback of multiple pieces of content, expanded cloud sharing functionality, and enhancements to the Recording Manager for easier management of recording priorities. SnapStream also launched the new SnapStream ASI product line, which enables broadcasters to ingest and record the ASI format (Asynchronous Serial Interface).

“The biggest news, without a doubt, is how SnapStream 6.1 is breaking new ground and setting new standards in the accuracy and relevancy of TV search results,” said Aaron Thompson, president of SnapStream. “One of the most compelling features of SnapStream has always been its ability to search TV recordings and send alerts based on closed captioning data. We have enhanced this search capability to deliver the most comprehensive and accurate results in the industry. This makes it easier than ever for clients like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to find the most relevant TV material. Additionally, with SnapStream ASI, broadcasting entities are able to get the full benefits of SnapStream.”

Already an industry leader in TV recording and search, SnapStream 6.1’s language intelligence expands on existing search capabilities to include broad matches, providing more relevant results in less searches. The driving force behind the advanced search capabilities comes from SnapStream’s in-house developer, Dr. Michael Speriosu, who has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Master’s and PhD in Linguistics.

“We are taking into account a myriad of language factors so that SnapStream can deliver the most accurate and complete search results,” said Dr. Michael Speriosu, software engineer at SnapStream. “By ignoring suffixes, including synonyms, matching pronouns, and ignoring accents SnapStream extrapolates what’s being said on TV, not only word for word but also in between the lines.”

SnapStream automatically corrects the closed captioning transcript for capitalization errors and misspellings which further yields high-quality search results and easily readable program transcripts.

For enhanced collaboration and sharing of TV clips in meetings, lectures, and presentations, SnapStream 6.1 introduces new TV playlists which enable users to clip and play back multiple pieces of content in sequence.

In 2012, SnapStream revolutionized how TV clips were shared and received amongst collaborators with Cloud Sharing. The 6.1 release includes additions that help manage the sharing of material: “unshare” allows clips to be pulled back at any time and new reports allow you to track clip views and catalog all clips created.

SnapStream’s Recording Manager is the mission control center for TV recording schedules, setting priorities, and resolving conflicts. The Recording Manager makes it easier for users to resolve recording conflicts when they occur by using job priorities to decide which recordings matter the most.

The new SnapStream ASI hardware enables broadcasters to ingest and record digital content streams in the ASI format, the standard format for TV production and broadcast facilities, while leveraging SnapStream’s powerful TV monitoring technology.

Language intelligence, TV playlists, enhanced Cloud Sharing, and an enhanced Recording Manager are included in all deployments of SnapStream 6.1 and are available immediately* for any existing customer via upgrade. SnapStream ASI can be purchased as a stand-alone node or added on to any existing cluster.

SnapStream will be hosting a webinar with guest speaker Dr. Michael Speriosu to review all the new features and enhancements included in the 6.1 release. To register for this webinar, or for more details about the 6.1 release, visit the SnapStream 6.1 Release Information page.

About SnapStream Inc.
SnapStream’s Enterprise TV Media Monitoring technology enables organizations to put their finger on the pulse of traditional television. Customers can record a virtually unlimited number of TV shows from satellite, cable, antenna or ASI. Users can easily search their TV archive to pinpoint content of interest, create broadcast-quality clips, and then share those clips in the cloud. Existing customers include government organizations, such as the U.S. Senate and the City of New York; educational institutions at the university and K-12 level; and entertainment organizations such as Colbert Report, Current TV, and MTV. SnapStream is compatible with Mac, PC and iPad.

What is SnapStream? There's an unlimited amount of video content out there: 24/7 news channels, breaking news events, sports, talk shows, awards galas, entertainment shows, and so much more.

SnapStream makes a real-time news and media search engine that makes it fast and easy to find the video moments that support our customers telling great stories.

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