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Special Holiday Post: Movie Recommendations from Viaccess-Orca's Team! | Viaccess-Orca Blog



Christmas is just around the corner. With the holiday season upon us, your to-do lists pile up: shopping for gifts for family, friends and co-workers; buying a million groceries for the all-important holiday dinner; giving your home a much-needed Christmas flare; getting a tree, ornaments, socks - the works.

Only when dinner is over, with everyone home or in bed, and the holiday itself has actually arrived, can you finally relax and, maybe, watch some quality movies.

You can check out what is on TV and hope that “Miracle on 34th Street”is being broadcast again. You can add to your already long to-do list researching all available films. If you are lucky, your content service provider uses Viaccess-Orca's COMPASS, a content discovery platform providing personalized TV and content recommendations tailored to your preferences and tastes.

COMPASS's recommendations work every day of the year, but how often do you get the chance to receive personal recommendations from the people behind the algorithms; the team members of Viaccess-Orca? Enjoy these holiday favorites from our team;


 VO’s EVP of Innovation: Ofer Weintraub

Poster of the french movie Le Prénom

Le Prénom

“This film is what Pierre Herme to Macarons… French cinema at its best. So exquisite, so funny, so entertaining you won’t believe it is real. Go yesterday!”



VO’s CEO: François Moreau De St Martin

“I don’t know whether I will recommend only one. Rather, I will offer two French movies and one American one to suit your taste and mood”.

Poster of the french movie Le Père Noel est une OrdureLe Père Noel est une Ordure(“Santa Claus is a Bastard”)

“If you want to laugh, this movie, originally a theater show, has become a classic comedy in France. Some words from the film are still used in our everyday life. Laughs guaranteed”.


Cover of the french movie Y'aura t'il de la neige à Noël

 “Y'aura t'il de la neige à Noël

(“Will there be Snow for Christmas?”)

“This is a beautiful intimate movie, that takes place in the South of France, and features a great mother character”.


Cover of the classic movie from Frank Capra Its a wonderfull lifeIt’s a Wonderful Life

“If French films don’t suit you, this ultra-classic movie will delight all families”.


VO’s Director of Marketing Communications: Efrat Fenigson

Cover of the movie 8 Women8 Women

“This lovely movie represents for me a colorful, visual version of the famous game ‘Clue’! Eight women of different ages, backgrounds and styles are all suspects of a murder. I particularly love the movie’s sense of fashion and light humor!”



VO’s Deputy CEO: Haggai Barel

Poster of the Bruce Willis movie Die HardDie Hard

“1) Great Action movie with great humor
2) Not too violent, so possible to watch with kids or teens
3) The first in a series of successful ‘Die Hard’ movies.”



VO’s EVP of Marketing, Products and Security: David Leporini

Cover of the Terry Gilliam movie BrazilBrazil

“This is pure poetry on film and so unique. Great quote from the movie, ‘Sorry. I'm a bit of a stickler for paperwork, you see. I mean, where would we be if we didn't stick to the correct procedures?’”



That's a whole lot of options for one holiday. Enough to pass the time pleasantly whatever your taste, while enjoying the festive spirit and waiting for the New Year.

Happy Holidays!

Topics: Content Discovery, Content Recommendations, Events, François Moreau De St Martin, Holiday, Ofer Weintraub

Efrat Fenigson

Efrat Fenigson was the Senior Director of Marketing Communications at Viaccess-Orca. After several years as a computer programmer, Efrat understood her passion is not in creating technology, but rather in creating conversations about it. Previously, Efrat founded and ran the “New Media” sector in the Israeli Export Institute (IEICI), helping hundreds of Israeli start-ups take their first steps in global business. Efrat blogs about the pay-TV and over the top (OTT) markets, about users' behavior and expectations in today's multi-screen and second-screen reality, and about content protection/piracy. Efrat holds a BA in Computing from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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