EPGs & Metadata

Successful content discovery relies on great metadata!

The watchmi service makes use of the long standing expertise of the program metadata from FUNKE Programmzeitschriften GmbH and strong brands such as TV DIGITAL.

Smart Web EPG for 1&1, GMX, Web.de platforms

source: FUNKE Digital TV Guide GmbH

Smart Web EPG for 1&1, GMX, Web.de platforms


For more than 60 years, audiences have come to rely on publications such as TV DIGITAL and HÖRZU to guide them to content worth watching. The editorial expertise behind these media properties goes into our program metadata. Our strongest brands are market leaders in their segments and have made the digital transition to all cross-media platforms. They enjoy high credibility, high level of awareness, and are perceived as trend-setting.


Our metadata has been specifically refined to power sophisticated features like our watchmi Recommendation Engine. It is used by the majority of Germany’s large cable and IPTV operators as well as by a host of websites, apps, and start-ups.

High-Quality EPG Data

The more detailed the metadata, the better the recommendations will be able to match user preferences. Our software is backed up by an enormous store of editorially enhanced film and TV metadata & reviews as supplied by 100+ editors. Our editors are known to have substantial expertise in the field of entertainment content. The database includes:

  • circa 350 national and international channels, circa 100 HD channels (simulcast to SD), circa 14 video on demand channels
  • Series-Profiles: Over 3,500 series-profiles provide detailed information about seasons and episodes
  • Keywords / categories: 17 broad categories and more than 2,300 genre/sub-genre combinations
  • Individual keyword lists can be added to every data set to let modern search and recommender systems work more efficiently


From basic listings to advanced premium guides, the Content Discovery API allows you to build the EPG you envision. With the Content Discovery API, programs can be filtered by various criteria to allow the display of just the right information for your customer's purposes. These criteria can be used individually or freely combined to facilitate the construction of program guides tailored to your specific needs.

watchmi EPG features include:

  • Program & Channel Listings for Live TV, VOD and Catch-up TV
  • Shortcuts for „What’s on now?“, „What’s on next?“, „Prime Time“ and more
  • Detailed program descriptions
  • Multiple filtering options
  • Personal Channel Lists / Favorite Channels
  • Recommendations: Editorial Picks, Personal Recommendations, Similar shows, Social recommendations, Most watched and more
  • Operators can promote their own content, e.g. up-sell VOD items
  • Channel lists can be tailored to operator-specific demands and bouquets


You can license our metadata to build an EPG on your own (for example, using our Content Discovery API) – or we can build and operate one for you, for a complete end-to-end solution.

Contact us  to for more information on how to provide the best content discovery solution to your customers!

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