Gracenote has announced the availability of an integrated electronic programme guide that allows viewers to search through content across all the disparate video on demand, libraries and catch-up TV services on smart TVs. Its eyeQ IPG (interactive programme guides) will work across EPGs served by the recently-acquired tvtv in Europe. Tvtv offers electronic programme guides in 22 European countries. Gracenote also offers IPG information delivered by Tribune Media Services in the US.

Gracenote says eyeQ “delivers the most comprehensive European television channel and program listings available today, as well as other powerful Smart TV features”. The company describes its video search capabilities as “a launching point to explore content”.

Philips is one of the first TV manufacturers to announce it will use the Gracenote service. Gracenote has also developed a related app with Loewe that offers context-based information about what’s onscreen, in a timeline fashion so that details are shown at the time its relevant. For example, location information or biographical details about an actor only appear when they are first shown onscreen.

Actors, locations, product placements, directorial notes and information on film soundtracks are all tagged and can be viewed in a separate iPad app where they won’t distract anyone else watching the film or detract from the narrative.

Outlining the integrated programme service, Gracenote told PC Advisor this week that its move into video is a natural next step given the emergence of smart TVs and the need for a meaningful way of interacting with the content available through them.

Gracenote provides track information and artist details for the likes of iTunes, Spotify and Amazon’s music services. It also powers Sony's TrackID service and Ford Motor Company’s Ford Sync command and control in-car music. It already provides an EPG for Sony Bravia TVs. 

Founded in 1998, Gracenote now has a 90 million-strong track database covering some 10 million albums.