Rovi Launches TV Listings App for iPad

--App Leverages Company's Recently Launched Rovi Media Cloud
Rovi on Tuesday unveiled Rovi What's On TV, a free TV listings app for the Apple iPad. The app, which features what Rovi calls a "graphic, rich magazine-style layout," lets users browse and search local TV listings for 24 hours ahead. In addition, the company says, it uses TV metadata available through API's in the Rovi Media Cloud (note: Rovi bills the latter, which it launched last month at CES, as a suite of entertainment...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): Rentrak, National Geographic, Roku, FlixFling, Rovi, Trident, RVU Alliance

--Rentrak Tapped by National Geographic Channel for VOD Advertising Measurement
--Roku in Deal with FlixFling
--Rovi Launches Cloud-Based Digital Entertainment Web Services Platform, Lands Deal with Trident
--RVU Alliance Grows its Membership Roster, Will Launch Independent Certification Program Shortly
Due to the large volume of news generated by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place last week in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Multiscreen media measurement company, Rentrak , has announced that National Geographic Channel has signed a contract to use its new AdEssentials service, which the company bills as "an ad reporting system that eliminates the time-consuming manual...

New Interview on Rovi's Acquisition of Sonic Solutions

[itvt] has just published an INTERVIEW with Corey Ferengul , EVP of product management and marketing at digital entertainment technology provider, Rovi . Ferengul discusses Rovi's recent announcement that it will acquire digital media delivery infrastructure company, Sonic Solutions , for approximately $720 million (see the article published on, January 3rd).

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through January 14th
--Broadcom Unveils Set-Top Box Solutions
--Cedar Point to Be Acquired by Genband
--HSN Partners with "Social Product Development" Company, Quirky
--Report: Microsoft to Unveil Windows-Based Connected-TV Solution at CES
--RCDb, Panvidea Team on Solution for Cloud-Based Preparation of Blu-ray Streaming Video
--Rovi Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against Amazon, IMDb
--Sensio to Distribute 3D Content OTT
--Starz to Launch "Spartacus" Social Media Game, iPad Multimedia Script App
--ViVu in Interactive Video Partnership with AMD
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available on its red-button interactive TV service through January 14th. Broadcom has announced 11 new connected home set-top box solutions with integrated content protection from NDS, and nine new 40nm set-top box solutions for "the next-generation 3DTV Internet-connected home." Cedar Point Communications , a...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): NBC Universal, Next New Networks, Nielsen, Ocean Blue Software, Philo, Rovi, Sonic Solutions, Cox

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Due to the volume of news we are covering in this issue, our summaries are somewhat more abbreviated than usual (note: extensive background information on most of the companies and technologies covered in this issue can be found by using's search functionality). We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers: our regular...

Apple in Multi-Year Deal to License Intellectual Property from Rovi

In a Form 8-K filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) , Monday, Rovi (formerly Macrovision), a company best known for its EPG solutions (note: its other solutions include entertainment data, content protection and content networking technology; among other things, it recently announced a cloud-based advertising solution for connected devices ), announced that it "has entered into a multi-year agreement with Apple, Inc . whereby Apple shall license intellectual property from the company."...

News Round-Up (IX): Rentrak, Right Network, Rovi, SecureMedia, Inview

--Rentrak in Measurement Deal with New VOD Network
--Rovi Launches Cloud-Based Ad Platform for Connected Devices, Doubles Number of European Content Partners for TotalGuide
--SecureMedia, Inview Launch NEELiX Interactive TV Platform for Connected-TV Devices
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. 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,...

Rovi Extends its EPG Patent License Agreement with Sky

Rovi (formerly Macrovision) said Wednesday that UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB (Sky), has extended the term of its existing licensing deal for Rovi's EPG patents. According to the company, the new multi-year agreement provides Sky with a license to the Rovi EPG patent portfolio for Sky's pay-TV platforms. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We are pleased that Sky, the leading pay-television service in the United Kingdom, sees the continued value of our IP...

News Round-Up (IX): Rovi, Showtime, Technicolor, DirecTV, Verizon

--Rovi Reports Higher Revenues, Swings to a Profit
--EBIF-Based Showtime Sports Interactive App Receives Engineering Plaque from Television Academy
--Technicolor Extends Set-Top Box Contract with DirecTV, Signs Broadband Router MOU with Verizon
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, 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. It will likely take a short while 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...

Rovi in EPG Patent License Agreement with Liberty Global-Subsidiary, Unitymedia

Rovi (formerly Macrovision) and German cable operator, Unitymedia, said Tuesday that they have signed a multi-year license agreement for EPG patents owned by Rovi. According to the companies, the agreement provides Unitymedia with a license to Rovi's EPG patents for the operator's pay-TV services in Germany.

Unitymedia is the second-largest cable operator in Europe and is a subsidiary of Liberty Global. According to Rovi, the new deal builds on its existing relationships...