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Rovi in EPG License Agreement with Japanese Electronics Manufacturer, Maspro Denkoh

Rovi (formerly Macrovision) has announced that Tokyo-based electronics manufacturer, Maspro Denkoh , has signed a license agreement for its EPG technology portfolio, including regulations on use of the Rovi G-Guide. The license agreement also provides Maspro Denko with a license for its products under Rovi's EPG patent portfolio, Rovi says.

According to Rovi, Japan's analog switchoff--scheduled to take place in July 2011--has led to an increase in the deployment of digital broadcast...

News Round-Up (VII): Rovi, SeaChange-StarHub, Sezmi, Shaw, Sling Media

--Rovi Launches Advertising Network, Signs Deals with I-O Data Device, Hollywood.com
--SeaChange Powers Mobile TV for StarHub, SeaChange's ODG Launches SVOD with SFR Neuf
--Sezmi Expands Entry-Level Version of its Hybrid Service into 10 New Markets
--Shaw Launches Broadband VOD Player
--Sling Media Launches SlingPlayer Mobile for Android
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We...

SKY Perfect JSAT Becomes First Japanese Pay-TV Operator to Join Rovi's EPG Patent License Program

Rovi (formerly Macrovision--for more on the company's name change and the repositioning it heralds, see the interview with Rovi chief evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle, that was published on itvt.com, July 16th ), said Monday that SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (operates the SKY PerfecTV! satellite service) has become the first Japanese pay-TV operator to join its patent license program.

According to Rovi, its deal with SKY Perfect JSAT covers intellectual property used in EPG's...

Google Launches Google TV

--Partners Include Sony, Logitech, DISH, Intel, Adobe, Best Buy, Jinni, Rovi
As expected ( see the article published on itvt.com, May 5th ), Google unveiled a connected TV platform at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco last week. Dubbed simply " Google TV " and billed as "an open platform that adds the power of the Web to the television viewing experience," the new platform will, Google says, allow consumers to "search and watch an expanded universe of content available from a variety of sources...

News Round-Up (I)

--Cablevision Rolls Out Multiple Interactive TV Channels Based on ActiveVideo's CloudTV Technology
--Accedo Broadband Offering Paid Games on Philips Net TV
--ADB Unveils Cable Show Line-Up
--Alticast, Rovi Team on NCTA Cable Show tru2way/IPTV Demo
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. ActiveVideo Networks and Cablevision have announced that Cablevision has deployed over two dozen new interactive TV channels to its entire digital subscriber base, based on ActiveVideo's flagship CloudTV platform. According to the companies, Cablevision is using CloudTV to "offer an expansive menu of personalized television content--including hyper-local...

News Round-Up (VI)

--Revision3 to Use Miso iPhone/iPod touch Social TV App to Drive Interest in its Shows
--Rovi Launches Cable Operator Version of its TotalGuide EPG
--Rovi Licenses Passport EPG and Applications to Two Latin American Cable Operators
--Shaw Taps Verivue to Power Expansion of its VOD Service
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Revision3 has announced that it will use Bazaar Labs ' new iPhone/iPod touch app, Miso, to help drive awareness and tune-ins for its shows. According to the company, it is hoping that its viewers "will use Miso's brand new platform to 'check in' and share their entertainment...

News Round-Up (VIII)

--OpenTV Now CEO-less
--RCN Launches "TiVo Premiere from RCN" in Washington, DC
--Roku Unveils New Netflix Channel
--Rovi Touts New Methodology for Measuring Ad Campaigns on EPG's
--The CW Holds "Watch and Tweet" Social TV Promotion
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Ben Bennett has stepped down as CEO of OpenTV , but still remains on the company's board, following its acquisition by Kudelski , Light Reading Cable's Jeff Baumgartner...

News Round-Up (II)

--Canoe Promotes Dana Runnells to VP of Marketing and Communications
--Concurrent Releases Fiscal Q3 Results
--Cox Completes Deployment of Rovi's ShowRunner VOD App in its Motorola-Based Systems
--DISH Network and DirecTV Launch National Satellite Interactive TV Advertising Platform, "ASAP"
--Google Lets Users Search for Specific TV Episodes
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Canoe Ventures , the company tasked with implementing the US cable industry's plans for interactive and addressable advertising (note: its backers are Comcast, Time...

Rovi Launches Software Application for Managing Home Video, Photos and Music

Rovi (formerly Macrovision--for more on the company's name change and the repositioning it heralds, see the interview with Rovi chief evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle, that was published on itvt.com, July 16th ), on Monday announced the availability of its Personal Media Manager solution, a software application that it bills as enabling consumers to "clean" or update the entertainment data residing in their media libraries, as well as to stream and share music, videos and photos stored...

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI)

--RCDb, Red Bee Media, Five, Revision3, Roku, Roundbox, Jacked, Rovi, FourthWall Media, Scripps Networks, SeaChange International, SeeSaw, Sezmi, Sonic Solutions, Strategy & Technology, Synacor, SysMedia
Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010 --and then took a few days off to recover. This is the sixth of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus: At last month's CableLabs Winter Conference, RCDb demo'd the integration of its Web services...

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