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Company Sleuth Introduces Real-Time TV Broadcast Monitoring

Infonautics, Inc., a provider of personalized information agents and Internet sites (http://www.infonautics.com), has announced the launch of real-time monitoring of TV broadcasts for financial and business information about publicly traded companies. The co-brand agreement between Infonautics for its Company Sleuth site (http://www.companysleuth.com) and TVEyes (http://www.tveyes.com), reportedly the world's first real-time broadcast-monitoring and instant-alert service, claims to mark the first time a business Web site has brought real-time TV monitoring to the financial world.

Company Sleuth's new, TV-alerts feature leverages TVEyes' expertise in the real-time monitoring of television station transcripts through closed captioning. Company Sleuth users will be notified in their daily e-mail, as well as on the Web site, if the companies they are tracking are mentioned on any of the country's top business, financial, and network television channels, including CNNfn, CNBC, Bloomberg, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News, CSPAN, ESPN, and select public television stations. Additionally, Company Sleuth users can opt to receive immediate alerts through e-mail or wireless devices.

[Editor's note: According to Burrelle's (http://www.burrelles.com), a leading provider of broadcast monitoring services that offers e-mail alerts with verbatim broadcast transcripts, using closed captioning sometimes presents problems with phonetics and can miss providing full context and some spoken text, such as ad lib material.]

Source: Infonautics, Inc.



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