SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fanhattan was unveiled today with plans to launch a sleek new service that will bring a fresh approach to entertainment discovery. Fanhattan helps consumers navigate the increasing number of premium digital content sources – which are often complementary in their offering – and makes discovering, exploring, and consuming premium entertainment a truly inspiring experience. Set to launch in early 2011, Fanhattan also announced today the acquisition of Calgary-based The Open Movie Database, TMDb, a universal database of all the world’s entertainment that will be completely rebranded and redesigned to support the new service.
Fanhattan brings a new approach to entertainment discovery by helping users browse all the world’s entertainment with a simple and elegant user experience – on the web, in the living room, and on the go. The new product will inspire discovery through an intuitive browsing experience that uses advanced algorithms to surface the most relevant and compelling premium entertainment of the moment, as well as library content as far back as the user wants to go.
Fanhattan encourages exploration by combining movies and TV shows with an expansive world of related content, visual assets, and information pulled from the web that bring movies and television shows to life. Fanhattan integrates numerous content sources around each piece of content such as reviews, ratings, trailers, movie tickets, fan gear, actor & actress bios, crew bios, celebrity stats and soundtracks. The acquisition of TMDb enables Fanhattan to build an evergreen, fully branded destination for every movie and TV show ever produced. In essence, the service is creating an “entertainment graph” that connects content, metadata, sources, and device availability in a single database.
Finally, Fanhattan will give consumers the most comprehensive set of options on where to find the entertainment they want across the top digital media providers. Fanhattan will offer users a single, trusted starting point, and then deliver all the available ways to get the content – watch it in the theater, watch it on television, rent it, buy it, subscribe to it, download it, or stream it. The company aims to add significant value to existing digital media stores by building an extremely compelling discovery experience, and then handing off viewers to all the top digital media providers.
“The world of over the top content is changing how consumers see their TV and think about entertainment,” said Gilles BianRosa, CEO of Fanhattan. “Fanhattan is the next logical step for consumers – bringing all TV shows and movies into one rich interface that puts consumers in charge and makes it easy and enjoyable to find the content they love, and then to watch it on their TV or on the go.”
Fanhattan will be available for free over the web in early 2011. The service will be available on your TV via a free download to your Mac or PC, and also embedded in several categories of consumer electronics devices later in 2011.
Fanhattan is created by the same group that brought you the Vuze technology and is led by a team of experienced executives, designers, and engineers from TiVo, Netflix, Vudu, Disney, MTV, MGM, Apple, Best Buy, E!, eBay, Yahoo!, and WebTV. The company is backed by blue-chip venture capital firms including NEA, Redpoint Ventures, GreyCroft Partners, BV Capital, and independent investors from the entertainment and technology industries.