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TiVo agrees expanded patent deal with Google

TiVo has signed an expanded, multi-year patent agreement with Google that now includes YouTube TV.

TiVo_new_logo_whiteThe agreement covers Google’s use of TiVo’s patented technologies worldwide and offers a license for Google’s products and services across internet-based platforms and devices.

“The world of video entertainment is expanding with exciting new consumer offerings such as YouTube TV,” said Arvin Patel, executive vice president and chief intellectual property officer, Rovi Corporation, a TiVo company.

“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Google through the license of TiVo’s innovations and technology that further consumers’ ability to find and enjoy content on the device of their choice.”

YouTube first unveiled its US subscription service, YouTube TV, in March 2017, offering more than 40 channels including the some of the biggest US broadcast networks in ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and ESPN. As of December the offering was available in more than 80 cities and locales across the US.

The latest patent deal comes a week after TiVo filed new patent lawsuits against Comcast in the US, claiming that the pay TV operator’s X1 platform infringes technology invented and patented by Rovi.