Six TV Genre Slip-Ups Stress A Need for Data Accuracy

When it comes to television and entertainment metadata, an essential facet is the genre associated with a given TV show or movie.

These genres are important for two key reasons: first, it informs the viewer of the nature of the selected programming, whether they’re locating it in an on-screen guide or a connected device app, and second, an appropriate genre assists television recommendation engines and similar aggregation services with sorting and suggesting related TV content to audiences.

Therefore, if a film or show is improperly or incorrectly tagged, not only are viewers misled, but complex recommendation algorithms are deceived as well, which causes the end-user to receive inaccurate guidance as a result.

Take a look at several instances where a TV metadata provider labeled programming with the wrong genre. In most of these cases, it’s an egregious error that links a television show with the opposite sort of content.

1. “Archer,” an FX animated series intended for adults that generally airs in the 10 p.m. EST window, is provided with a “children” genre. It holds a TV-MA rating and features decidedly grown-up humor.

2. CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” which just ended its run in December, is listed as “family” despite airing at 12:37 a.m. EST as a late-night talk show.

3. Comedy Central’s “@midnight” is also listed by this metadata provider as “family.” As the title suggests, this late-night improv comedy game show airs at 12 a.m. EST, and is known for its risqué jokes.

4. “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” the popular documentary series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, is described as science-fiction, or “sci-fi.”

5. In this instance, “Curling,” an athletic endeavor that involves stones on ice, is listed as a “water sport,” which it definitely is not.

6. And in a similar debacle, TLC’s “All About Sex,” a TV-MA program on adult relationships, is strangely given the “Sports” genre.

It’s clear that the standard for maintaining accuracy, especially in terms of genres, isn’t very high with some television and entertainment metadata providers, but with FYI Television, it is. Click below to learn how our flexible and highly-tailored data can help you.

Author: Brian Cameron

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