Latest Developments in TV Monitoring Software and Technology on SnapStream's TV Searcher Blog

The Newest Developments in TV Monitoring Technology


Is LeBron “Going to Miami?” ESPN Video Made with SnapStream TV Search

July 10th, 2014 by Rachel Abbott

The world is watching. The world is waiting. Where will LeBron James play basketball next year? We’ve been here before, when King James announced on July 8, 2010 that he was “taking his talents to South Beach.”

I may work for SnapStream in Houston, but I was born and raised in the 305 (that’s Miami, y’all). So you can guess where my allegiance lies! LET’S GO HEAT! I really can’t see LeBron choosing to leave The Heat, his teammates, his loyal fanbase and all of the luxury of the South Beach lifestyle. Can you?

I have to campaign a little right here. ESPN created this clever video for their show “ESPN First Take” using SnapStream’s TV search and clipping technology. Thanks guys, for selling my city! Brace yourself to find out where all of the big NBA free agents will land and enjoy this new rendition of Will Smith’s “Miami.” (Fingers crossed!)

Watch SnapStream’s CEO, Rakesh Agrawal, on Bloomberg TV

June 26th, 2014 by Jennifer Miller

Are you curious about the present and future plans of SnapStream? Who better to ask than the CEO and Founder himself!

On Thursday, June 26th, at 9:45am CT, Stephanie Ruhle from Bloomberg TV’s “Market Makers” interviewed SnapStream’s CEO, Rakesh Agrawal. During this interview Rakesh explains how SnapStream technology is able to search anything said on TV – helping out the likes of corporate firms, federal and government agencies and, of course, television shows such as “The Daily Show” and “Last Week Tonight.”

Rakesh also announces the future plans of SnapStream. (Hint: Anyone into social media? We thought so!)

Tune in! (Run Time: 7 minutes)

SnapStream Gets an Awesome Shout-Out on The Roula & Ryan Show on 104.1 KRBE

June 20th, 2014 by Rachel Abbott

HOUSTON, TX — On Tuesday, June 17, the hosts of morning radio show  “The Roula and Ryan Show,” on 104.1 KRBE, started up a fun conversation about late night TV. You see, the night before, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” aired its newest rap remix featuring NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you seriously need to watch Brian Williams rap “Baby Got Back,” which has racked up more than 3.8 million views on YouTube and counting. All of these Brian Williams raps have gone extremely viral, because they’re just plain hilarious, with “Rapper’s Delight” topping them all with 11.9 million views. Whoa baby.

So, back to the radio show: SnapStream was surprisingly brought up in this context and we thought, “Cool, they’re talking about us on the radio!” Our TV search and clipping technology is known as “the secret weapon” to creating satirical clip montages at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Soup,” and “The Colbert Report.”

While “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is not a SnapStream customer (yet), they totally should be! They could crank out these Brian Williams raps at a furious pace if they were using our ridiculously fast TV search. Just sayin’.

Take a listen! (SnapStream’s mentioned around 2:15 in the clip.)

And thanks again to the team at “The Roula and Ryan Show” for the amazing shout-out on the air, in our shared hometown of Houston!

The Secret Weapon Behind ‘Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert Report,’ ‘Last Week Tonight,’ and More

June 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Miller

Have you ever wondered how Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert and John Oliver are able to sift through all the chaos of cable news to bring you the most ridiculous of the ridiculous?

Like a media-focused Indiana Jones, Editor Tony Maglio from TheWrap.com set out to explore just how these shows are able to stay current with face-paced news and media night-after-night. What he discovered was the secret technology behind your favorite late-night comedy shows. (Spoiler Alert: The secret technology is SnapStream!)

Read the full article at TheWrap.com.

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New SnapStream 6.3! Intelligent Auto-Clip and Auto-Share to the Cloud

May 29th, 2014 by Rachel Abbott

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What’s New in SnapStream 6.3?

Automatic Clipping and Sharing to the Cloud

SnapStream already makes it easy as pie to search for, review and create TV clips, especially with the efficient clip-and-share feature we introduced in 6.2. But we thought, “Hey, how can we make clipping and sharing even more awesome for our awesome users?”

In new SnapStream 6.3, we re-imagined the manual process of creating and sharing clips and made it automated. (Or as we like to say, awesomated!) Here’s how it works:

Our new auto-clip technology intelligently detects topic changes and commercial breaks, using various algorithms and linguistic cues, and as a result, it clips out relevant TV segments just for you. Clips are no greater than 15 minutes in length and they’re designed to provide lead-in and lead-out context about the topic at hand.

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“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” Joins SnapStream’s Family of Talk Shows

May 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Miller

First and foremost, let me start by saying, “Welcome to the family “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver, and the entire team of producers, editors, and show writers!”

In case you haven’t heard, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” selected SnapStream’s TV recording and search technology to help build the TV clips and content that will be used on the show. (Here is the press releaselast-week-tonight-with-john-oliver)

Need an example? Next time you tune in (the show airs every Sunday on HBO) watch for the pop-up TV clips that John Oliver references throughout the show. Those clips are pulled using SnapStream!

How They Use SnapStream

With SnapStream’s technology, the team at “Last Week Tonight” is able to quickly search and aggregate mass amounts of current, often obscure, TV content from worldwide sources. This technology, along with John Oliver’s undeniable genius for political satire, is the perfect equation for comedic gold. Read more →

See What You Missed at NAB 2014

April 29th, 2014 by Rachel Abbott

Team SnapStream had a great time at the NAB Show (National Association of Broadcasters). Who doesn’t love spending a week in Las Vegas? We visited with a ton of interesting broadcast folks at our booth and knocked their socks off with our TV search technology.

Erika Blackwell, a reporter at Your Biz Live TV, was one of our favorite visitors. She interviewed Aaron Thompson (El Presidente) asking how “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” have automated their workflows with our product. Watch below to find out the answer and to see what you missed at NAB. You’ll feel like you were there with us!

SnapStream’s TV Recording, Search and Repurposing Technology Stores More Than Just Petabytes

YBLTV met up with SnapStream‘s President, Aaron Thompson at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Aaron talked about their TV recording, search and repurposing technology. It’s amazing to see the wealth of data TV shows and other programming are creating, storing and accessing on a daily basis – petabytes and petabytes…

SnapStream at NAB 2014

NAB 2014: Automate Your TV Workflows with SnapStream TV Search

April 3rd, 2014 by Rachel Abbott

On April 7-10, we’re off to Las Vegas to showcase the new, upcoming features of SnapStream’s automated TV monitoring and content repurposing technology at NAB (National Association of Broadcasters). This year, you can find us (exhibiting for our eighth time!) in South Upper Hall SU4321 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Here’s a glimpse of the new workflows and features we’re debuting at NAB 2014 and how they build on SnapStream’s successful enterprise platform:

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