Rovi CES News Round-Up

--Launches Second Generation of its TotalGuide Programming-Discovery Solution for Connected TV
--Launches TotalGuide on New Connected TV's from Toshiba
--Works with Samsung to Bring Interactive TV Advertising to Connected-TV Platforms
--Expands Feature Set, Device Support and Reach of its Rovi Entertainment Store
--Launches Digital Copy Solution to Enable Cloud Access to DVD and Blu-ray Disc Collections
--Adds Twitter Verified Accounts to Rovi Data
--Says Multiple Companies Now Using Rovi Cloud Services to Power Entertainment Apps
--Says Amlogic Will Launch First DivX Plus HD Certified Chipset for Android
Rovi generated a fair amount of news over the past couple of weeks at CES and beyond. Here is a round-up of recent major announcements from the company: The company has unveiled TotalGuide G2, the second-generation of its programming search and discovery solution for connected-TV platforms, which is slated for availability in the second quarter. "TotalGuide G2 will bring together a comprehensive range of Rovi technologies and services such as multimedia-rich and deeply descriptive entertainment...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Boxee Pitches ‘Live TV stick’ to Cable Cord Cutters -- Netflix Targets Consumers that Buy Nook and Kindle Fire Tablets -- Shaw Deploys Motorola DreamGallery Solution -- YuMe Raises $12 Million from Samsung Ventures, Translink Capital -- Buckeye Launches Rovi TotalGuide

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Rovi, Toshiba, TiVo, TV Genius

--Rovi and Toshiba in Multi-Year Deal for Rovi TotalGuide, EPG Patent Portfolio
--TiVo App Now Available for iPhone/iPod touch
--TV Genius Launches Facebook-Integrated TV Guidance Solution
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Rovi and Toshiba have signed a multi-year agreement for use of Rovi's TotalGuide EPG (note: for more on the latter, see the article published on, January 11th, 2010) and the company's EPG patent portfolio in Toshiba TV sets, Blu-ray players and recorders, as well as in mobile and tablet devices...

Interactive TV News Round-Up: BBC, SeeSaw, HBO, Hulu, Rovi, Suddenlink, Cogeco, Shaw

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through July 4th
--Criterion Capital Partners Set to Acquire SeeSaw
--HBO Go to Offer Preview of "True Blood" Episode
--Hulu Considering Sale
--Rovi in TotalGuide Deals with Suddenlink, Cogeco
--Shaw Launches Gateway in Edmonton
Here are some other stories we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC has released the schedule of programming and interactive content that will be available via the BBC Red Button service through July 4th. Criterion Capital Partners , the company that acquired the struggling social media service, Bebo , is set to buy SeeSaw , the broadband TV service from UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, according to a report in The Guardian...

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, 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.