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Rovi in EPG Patent Licensing Deal with Kabel Deutschland

--Deal Follows April EPG Licensing Deal between the then-Macrovision and NDS
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 NDS announced Monday that Germany's largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland (KDG), has signed a license agreement for Rovi's EPG patent portfolio. The operator is licensing the patents under an agreement between Rovi and NDS that was announced in April. That agreement, which was...

Ocean Blue Teams with RNIB to Enable Blind People to Use EPG's and Other Interactive TV Services

Bristol, UK-based digital TV software provider, Ocean Blue Software , contacted [itvt] Sunday to let us know that it has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to develop a set-top box-based text-to-speech (TTS) technology that will enable blind and other visually impaired people to use at least some interactive TV services. The company says it created a consortium to develop the technology, which turns on-screen text into speech and which will...

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...

British Eurosport Adopts Red Bee Media's Real-Time EPG Triggering Technology

--Virgin Media to Launch Mobile VOD Service
Red Bee Media , a provider of playout and creative services that was founded by the BBC in 2002 as BBC Broadcast, and sold off in 2005 to Australia's Macquarie Capital Alliance Group and Macquarie Bank, has been tapped by cable/satellite channel, British Eurosport, to improve the accuracy of its EPG listings. According to Red Bee, the channel is using its technology to provide live programming schedule triggers that update Sky's EPG and its Now...

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...

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,...

Germany's ProSieben Offering "Gossip Girl" on its Broadband Video Portal

German commercial broadcaster, ProSieben , is offering the US series, "Gossip Girl," from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution on an advertising-supported basis on its Move Networks-powered ProSieben.tv broadband video portal. The broadcaster says that this is the first US TV program to be streamed on the portal, even though it broadcasts a range of US programs on its linear TV service, including "The Tudors," "Nip/Tuck" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Each episode of the...

Macrovision in Multi-Year EPG License Deal with Australian Pay-TV Operator, Foxtel

--Deal Follows Agreement between Macrovision and NDS Announced Earlier this Year
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--and interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS, announced last week that Australian pay-TV provider, Foxtel, has signed a multi-year license agreement for Macrovision's EPG patent portfolio. Foxtel , which is a customer of NDS, is licensing Macrovision's...

AT&T to Roll Out Multiple Interactive Enhancements to its U-verse TV IPTV Service

--Enhancements Include DVR Upgrades, Navigation Improvements, New VOD App
US incumbent telco, AT&T , announced a number of enhancements, Tuesday, to its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, U-verse TV (which, at last count, had around 1.3 million subscribers). The enhancements, which are being rolled out today and over the coming weeks at no extra charge, include upgraded DVR capabilities and user interface/navigation enhancements for all customers, and a new video-on-demand application that will initially be available in select markets (note: in addition, customers who subscribe...

Hillcrest Labs to Sell its Loop Remote Control Directly to Consumers as an "In-Air Mouse for TV"

--Company, whose Customers Include ZillionTV, UEI, Says its Primary Focus Will Continue to Be B2B
Rockville, Maryland-based Hillcrest Labs (note: last year, the company announced that it had secured $25 million in a fourth round of funding--see [itvt] Issue 7.58 Part 1; it has raised a total of approximately $50 million to date) announced Monday that it is now selling its Loop remote control (or "pointer," as Hillcrest prefers to call it) directly to consumers as an "in-air mouse for TV," targeting what the company says is the growing number...

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