Macrovision in Multi-Year EPG Technology Patent License Agreement with Sony

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--said Monday that it has signed a multi-year deal with Sony that will allow the latter to continue to use its EPG technology and the related patents in its Gemstar patent portfolio in its consumer electronics products. Macrovision bills its...

Hillcrest Labs Claims Nintendo Wii Infringes on its Patents

--Launches Reference Kit, Secures Deal with Kodak

Brightcove in Deals with 10 Downing Street, Five, QVC UK, OMS

--Appoints New General Manager for its Japanese Subsidiary Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove, has announced a number of new deals over the past few weeks, including three in the UK (a market which it has been targeting over the past few months and where its existing customers include BSkyB, Channel 4, Emap, Guardian News & Media, Hachette Filipacchi, IPC Media, ITV, Sony BMG, Telegraph Media Group and UKTV):

Consortium Developing Standard for Radio Frequency-Based Remotes

Consumer electronics giants, Philips, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic,
announced last week that they are collaborating on the development of
a standardized specification for radio frequency-based remote controls
for audio-visual consumer electronics devices. Together with Freescale
Semiconductors, OKI and Texas Instruments, the companies have
formed an RF4CE (stands for "Radio Frequency for Consumer
Electronics") Consortium that will attempt to create a new protocol to enable the development of radio frequency remote controls that offer
richer communication, increased reliability and more flexible use.