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Gracenote: Merging for global metadata

An expanded EPG data footprint is at the heart of Gracenote’s IBC presence this year, around demonstrations of the company’s data, unique IDs and other technologies.

Visitors to Hall 14 will see technologies from Gracenote, TMS AND What’s-On at the Gracenote stand. Gracenote has just emerged from a series of acquisitions designed to extend its reach into music data and services, automotive infotainment and key international markets for movie and EPG data.

Tribune Media, the parent company of Tribune Media Services (TMS), acquired Gracenote in February 2014. It integrated TMS, an EPG and data company active in North America, Latin America and Europe with Gracenote under the Gracenote brand.

Tribune Digital Ventures, the tech and innovation arm of parent company Tribune Media, later expanded into India, the Middle East and parts of Asia with the acquisition of What’s-ON. What’s-ON delivers data for more than 1,600 TV channels and helps power more than 57 million STBs through the region’s top cable services.

The acquisition of What’s-ON and integration of Gracenote and TMS expanded the company’s EPG and video metadata reach to more than 50 countries in 30+ languages. The new Gracenote organisation now has more than 15 offices serving customers around the world.