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SeaChange adds on-demand TV navigation to software patent portfolio

SeaChange International has secured a patent for a software application that solves the challenge of presenting TV viewers with the content they want from rapidly expanding on-demand libraries and linear channel line-ups. The patent is implemented in SeaChange's Channel Overlay middleware solutions.

Channel Overlay organizes a subscriber's experience according to programs currently being watched. Triggered by a remote control command, the application overlays video with a menu of hotlinks to relevant on-demand content options and linear broadcast channels. It encourages operators to create intuitive navigation that aggregates on-demand content and live channels within the context of programming genres (sports, game shows, children's, etc.), studio and network brands, niche markets and other criteria.

Channel Overlay is available as a standalone application or as an integrated component of SeaChange's TV Navigator Four and Multiverse middleware and VODlink EPG and complementary applications. These solutions are deployed on more than 7 million two-way digital set-top boxes worldwide.

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