Hulu Face Match Finds Actor Information via Facial Recognition

Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM PST by Dick Ward

You can learn about an actor just by hovering over them with your mouse.

Have you ever watched a movie or TV show and wondered where you'd seen a particular actor before or just wanted to learn more about a particular performer? Currently, there's no simple way to go about getting the information. You can skip to the credits and find the person's name or search the show on IMDb, but Hulu has a different idea in mind.

If you're watching a movie or TV show on Hulu, you'll be able to hover your mouse over an actor's face and get not only their name, but information about their career and links to their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Face Match is only available on certain shows like 'The Office' and 'Lost,' but Hulu plans to spread the service across the rest of the shows on the service before too long. "Face Match is still very much a work in progress," writes Zhibing Wang, director of research at Hulu, "but we plan to increase the number of faces we recognize in shows and movies as we roll it out."

Source: Engadget

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