Macrovision in EPG Patent Licensing Deals with Canal+, Advanced Digital Broadcast

--Canal+ Deal Follows Earlier Deal between Macrovision and NDS

Macrovision--the company which last year acquired the US's dominant EPG developer, Gemstar-TV Guide, and which recently announced that it would change its name to Rovi, as part of a complete revamp of its brand identity--has signed multi-year EPG patent-licensing agreements with French pay-TV operator, Canal+ Group, and with Swiss set-top box vendor, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB).

According to Macrovision, the deal with Canal+ follows from an EPG patent agreement between Macrovision and Canal+ vendor, NDS, that was announced in April. That agreement, which was billed as providing NDS with a license to the EPG patents under Macrovision's Gemstar patent portfolio and as allowing NDS to offer licensed EPG's to its pay-TV platform operator customers in certain specified countries, also recently resulted in NDS customer, Foxtel, signing a multi-year patent license agreement with Macrovision (see the article published on, July 5th). Macrovision says that its new deal with Canal+ will allow the latter to use its intellectual property in EPG's deployed on its various platforms. Other international pay-TV operators that have signed EPG patent-licensing agreements with Macrovision include BSkyB, Portugal Telecom, Sky Italia and UPC Broadband. "This agreement is another important example of the value that our intellectual property brings to pay-TV operators and the subscribers they serve," Macrovision's SVP of licensing, Samir Armaly, said in a prepared statement. "Canal+ Group joins a growing list of leading pay-TV operators worldwide that have elected to take a license under our EPG patent portfolio."

The deal with ADB, meanwhile, provides the latter with a license to incorporate Macrovision's patented EPG technology into retail set-top boxes and other consumer electronics devices distributed in Europe and other international markets. ADB is part of the ADB Group, whose other member companies include interactive TV software specialists, Osmosys and Vidiom.

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