Improve Your Entertainment Interface With Relevant Image Content

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Whether it’s via an on-screen EPG or an over-the-top (OTT) application, viewers are constantly navigating a television screen or second-screen device in order to discover content.

Now, more than ever, enhanced media content – including TV show and film artwork, as well as celebrity imagery – is an integral component for program guides and apps.

However, the offerings in this realm from some metadata suppliers tend to be antiquated and weak in overall selection.

NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” is currently hosted by comedian Anthony Jeselnik. You wouldn’t know that by this image, which features last year’s host JB Smoove, who has left the show.

In 2014, Juan Pablo Galavis was “The Bachelor” on the hit ABC show. This metadata vendor chooses to illustrate last year’s season of the show with an image from the 2009 edition, featuring Jason Mesnick. One viewer’s tweet on this error elicited a response Jason himself!

Journalist Don Lemon is quite obviously the host of “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” – his name’s in the title! So why would a picture of John King, the host of “Inside Politics,” accompany the program?

It’s clear many metadata providers are simply outdated. This is evident when an image of Joseph Wapner, who last served as a judge on “The People’s Court” in 1993, is still used by this business for the show today, more than 20 years later.

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And when a supplier utilizes a headshot of Tim Brando for current CBS sports programming, when he’s employed by FOX. The viewer here suggests that the image is from Brando’s ESPN days in the late 80s/early 90s.

But it many cases, likely due to outsourcing and offshoring, celebrities get confused.

Here, actor Craig Robinson is mistaken for late night host Craig Ferguson.

Actor Tim Curry is believed to be musician Tom Curren.

And footballer David Beckham is thought to be the recently retired David Letterman.

It’s indisputable that many entertainment metadata companies simply lack an up-to-date database and a team of experts who ensure that television programs and their celebrity participants are appropriately identified.

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Author: Brian Cameron

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