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Apple Acquires Video Discovery and Recommendation Startup

Apple has purchased content discovery startup for $1 to $1.5 million, reports VentureBeat. is a company that formerly operated a website and mobile apps dedicated to providing recommendations for movies and TV shows based on user preference.

Before being quietly shutdown in May, the service aggregated content from popular streaming services like Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon Prime to provide users with a list of TV shows and movies available across all of the sites. At the time the company's app went offline, CEO Guy Piekarz told TechCrunch that the company was working on a "new direction" for the service.

A screenshot from's iPad app is basically an iOS app that provides a comprehensive overview of everything that’s available for you to watch via cable TV providers (Comcast), streaming video services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime), and digital video stores (iTunes, Amazon). Additionally, you can manage what you watched from a universal queue, get video recommendations, and connect with social networks to see what your friends were watching/liking.'s functionality seems like a solid fit for Apple, as the company offers a range of content from a variety of sources on its Apple TV. For example, customers can watch TV shows and movies via Netflix, iTunes, and Hulu using the device, and Apple has been working hard to extend its content offerings over the last several months.

The company added several new channels, including HBO GO and WatchESPN back in June and is said to have deals in the works for both a Time Warner Cable app and a VEVO app.

Apple confirmed the purchase of to VentureBeat with a standard acquisition statement: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Under the terms of the acquisition,'s founders will continue to work at Apple for at least two years.

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81 months ago
Chomp ruined the search UI for the iOS App Store; your turn to ruin something new Matcha.
Rating: 11 Votes
81 months ago
"Guys! Great news! We have a buyout offer!"
"From who??"
"Apple! All our hard work paid off!"
"Wow! We're rich! How much??"
"You guys all sitting down? One… MILLION… dollars!"
Rating: 10 Votes
81 months ago
I hate my Roku 3.

I would rather use my Apple TV.

Unfortunately there is no TWC app.

Apple, why can't you open an App Store for the Apple TV?
Rating: 6 Votes
81 months ago
For a second there, I thought Apple was getting into the Green Tea business. :D
Rating: 6 Votes
81 months ago
Apple has terrible search in pretty much everything, app store, mail,, spotlight, finder....for some reason they just cant get it right at all

I would explain my reasoning but i don't think anyone cares
Rating: 3 Votes
81 months ago
god I wish iTunes would just die already it's become bloatware.

one time it opened so lethargically and IE-esque without me prompting it that I groaned too hard and had to have esophageal surgery
Rating: 3 Votes
81 months ago
Fantastic. I can't wait for NetFlix-esque "People who enjoyed (title name) also enjoyed (other title name)" prompts in iTunes. :rolleyes:
Rating: 3 Votes
81 months ago

What this tells me is that Apple really isn't a computer company anymore, heck, they are not even in the IT business anymore. They basically reduced themselves to being a competitor to Amazon's Kindle business.

When was the last time Apple did something interesting?

Mac Pro looks pretty interesting.
Rating: 2 Votes
81 months ago

OK, fair enough, it's bloatware. But if you want it to "just die already", why not just stop using it?:confused:

duh it's 2013, spotify exists, and paying per song is laughable and passé. I have stopped using it. **** opens all the time without me clicking on it.

why don't I just uninstall it, you ask? because I need the **** in order to activate or update or manage all the mobile devices I own.

why don't I just go in and change all the defaults for audio files, you ask? because quick look exists and I never have to open a program to listen to an icon on the desktop anymore in the first place.

i want iTunes to just. die. already.
Rating: 2 Votes
81 months ago

You would think but engineers don't think like that. Nor have they ever. Look at TV standards, look at disc standards, look at everything else. So many formats and what a mess.

That's why Apple is king...Designers and Engineers working together.

It has nothing to do with engineers and everything to do with some companies wanting to create little fiefdoms centered around proprietary formats and devices. Apple is most certainly in that camp as they've spearheaded an industry wide move towards walled garden ecosystems of devices, software and services.
Rating: 2 Votes

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