Rovi agrees 10-year patent deal with DISH

Tom Carson

Tom Carson

Rovi has signed a 10-year patent renewal license agreement with US pay TV operator DISH Network.

Under the deal, DISH will continue to license to Rovi’s natural language platform, Conversation Services, as well as other Rovi products.

“Our renewal with DISH further validates the long-term value and relevance of our intellectual property portfolio, reinforcing the importance of Rovi’s intellectual property with both traditional and next-generation pay TV service providers,” said Rovi CEO, Tom Carson.

“With this most recent renewal, Rovi now has nine of the top 10 US pay TV operators under license, with significant recent momentum, as seven of those agreements have been signed over the last seven quarters.”

Rovi said that the patent license renewal is subject to “certain contingencies” relating to the closure of Rovi’s acquisition of TiVo, which is due to become effective on September 7, 2016 – subject to stockholder approval and other customary closing conditions.

Last month Verizon Communications also signed a multi-year patent licence renewal with Rovi that is due to run “into the next decade”.

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