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News Round-Up: Interactive TV Technologies and Operators

--Sky Reveals its 3D TV Plans
--Miniweb in Advertising Deal with Real Media
--Rovi in Multi-Year EPG Patent License Agreement with Austar
--RTB Launches Interactive TV Service
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of interactive TV technology/operator news for the past few days. BSkyB announced last week that it will launch Sky 3D, which it bills as "Europe's...

Rovi Unveils Multiple New North American, European Content Partners for its TotalGuide EPG

--Announces Support for HbbTV
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 ) announced last week that it plans to add OTT content from Showtime Networks and ZillionTV to its new TotalGuide consumer electronics EPG (formerly code-named "Liquid"), and also said that it is collaborating with 15 European content providers to bring content to the guide.
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Rovi in EPG Patent Licensing Agreement with Australia's Hills Industries

--New Rovi Cable EPG to Incorporate OTT Video
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 last week that it has signed a multi-year EPG patent license agreement with Australia's Hills Industries via the latter's DGTEC business.

According to the company, the deal provides Hills Industries with a license to Rovi's EPG patents for its Hills, DGTEC...

Rovi, TDG to Hold Free Webinar on Over-the-Top Video Today (Wednesday)

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 ) and industry analyst firm, The Diffusion Group (TDG), are organizing a free, two-part Webinar series on the emerging over-the-top (OTT) video space. The first part of the Webinar, entitled "The Scoop on OTT: Prices, Devices and Market Slices," will be presented today (Wednesday, October...

Pace to Incorporate Rovi's Connected Platform Solution into Set-Tops for US, Canada, Latin America

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 ) announced Monday that UK-based set-top box vendor, Pace, is using the Rovi Connected Platform solution in "next-generation" set-top boxes targeted at cable operators and other service providers in the US, Canada and Latin America. Rovi bills the Connected Platform as designed to help CE...

Rovi in Multi-Year, Multi-Country EPG Deal with Samsung

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 ) announced Monday that it has signed a multi-year, multi-country EPG technology and patent licensing agreement with Samsung Electronics. According to the company, the deal, whose financial terms have not been disclosed, allows Samsung to incorporate Rovi EPG technologies into its next-generation TV sets and...

Rovi in Measurement Deal with TNS Media Research

--Collaboration Billed as Providing Deeper Understanding of EPG Usage and Advertising
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 ) announced Wednesday that it is partnering with TNS Media Research to develop advanced TV and set-top box measurement solutions. According to the company, the partnership combines its clickstream technology with TNS's reporting capabilities to enable "some of the richest measurement in the industry," including...

Rovi in Data Licensing Deal with TiVo

--Reports Higher Q2 Revenues and Lower Losses
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 ) announced Thursday that it has signed a multi-year global agreement with TiVo which it says will allow the latter to incorporate Rovi TV, movies and music data into its DVR's and into its technology and service solutions targeted at cable, satellite and broadcasting companies...

New Interviews with Rovi's Richard Bullwinkle, Adobe's Anup Murarka, SPRXmobile's Maarten Lens-Fitzgerald, and CloverLeaf Digital's Lawrence Brickman

--Topics Covered Include the Future of the EPG, Connected TV, Augmented Reality, Walled Gardens
[itvt] has just published interviews with Richard Bullwinkle , chief evangelist for Rovi (formerly Macrovision) ; Anup Murarka , director of technology strategy and partner development for Flash at Adobe Systems ; Maarten Lens-Fitzgerald , co-founder of SPRXmobile ; and Lawrence Brickman , co-founder and managing partner of CloverLeaf Digital . Bullwinkle discusses Rovi's (formerly Macrovision) new positioning and its just-announced "Liquid" digital media guide, which it bills as expanding on its traditional EPG products...

Macrovision Changes its Name to Rovi, Unveils "Liquid" Digital Media Guide

--Rovi Chief Evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle, Discusses the Developments with [itvt]
Macrovision --the company which last year acquired the US's dominant EPG developer, Gemstar-TV Guide--will today officially change its name to Rovi Corporation (and adopt the NASDAQ ticker symbol, ROVI), as it previously announced it would do, and launch its new brand positioning and visual identity. It will also launch a new digital media guide, code-named "Liquid," that is targeted at consumer electronics manufacturers and that it bills as expanding on its traditional EPG products by...

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