Business briefs

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 07:13 PM

Digitalsmiths in deals with TWC, i.TV

DURHAM – Digitalsmiths, a Durham-based company with technology that allows users to search for video content by title, actor or genre on their televisions, announced deals Thursday with Time Warner Cable and i.TV.

The company said in a news release that Time Warner Cable will integrate Digitalsmiths’ Seamless Discovery search and discovery technology so subscribers can find TV shows and movies on TV, on-demand, and on their DVRs.

Caitlin Hourigan, a spokeswoman for Digitalsmiths, said that, the search and recommendation technology is available on a Time Warner Cable iPad app, but it’s also going to be rolled out to their TV cable boxes and other devices such as mobile phones.

Digitalsmiths also announced that i.TV, the maker of a TV guide app for Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices, has selected Seamless Discovery as the primary search and recommendations solution for i.TV applications.

Through the partnership with Digitalsmiths, i.TV is slated to use Seamless Discovery to develop personalized search and recommendations features for its own products and for partners.

I.TV recently announced a partnership with Nintendo to co-create the video streaming service Nintendo TVii, which allows consumers to watch TV on their Wii U consoles. Hourigan said Seamless Discovery will be the primary search technology for the service.

Real estate broker firms merge

DURHAM--  The Century 21 Haywood Davis office has merged with the Coldwell Banker Advantage Team in the Durham office, according to a news release.

Davis, owner and broker of the Century 21 Haywood Davis office, started his company in Durham in 1980, according to the release. Joining him at the Coldwell Banker Advantage Durham office is Sharon Parks.        

Coldwell Banker Advantage is a real estate brokerage firm with 28 offices. It’s part of Cartus Broker network, a real estate referral network made up of 835 real estate firms representing more than 3,000 offices.