Rovi appoints former Ericsson exec to oversee TiVo integration

Rovi has appointed former Ericsson executive, Pete Thompson, as its new chief operating officer to oversee the integration of TiVo. Thompson, who was senior vice president of Ericsson’s Mediaroom Business Group before he leaving the company in 2015, will report to Rovi’s president and CEO, Tom Carson. Based in TiVo’s office in San Jose, Thomson […]

Rovi agrees 10-year patent deal with DISH

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 […]

Rovi launches updated i-Guide

Rovi has launched i-Guide HD R32, an updated high-definition programming guide that will be deployed first by Tacoma-based US cable provider, Click! Network. Rovi said that the newest i-Guide is designed to let service providers deliver “improvements in entertainment discovery” without the needing to upgrade or replace existing hardware. “i-Guide demonstrates our ongoing commitment to […]

Rovi-TiVo deal cleared by FTC and DoJ

Rovi Corporation’s US$1.1 billion (€961 million) buyout of TiVo has received clearance from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DoJ). The organisations have now completed their review into the deal and determined not to take any enforcement action, grating early termination of the antitrust waiting period. […]

Verizon renews patent licence deal with Rovi

Verizon Communications has signed a multi-year patent licence renewal with Rovi that is due to run “into the next decade”. Announcing the deal, Rovi said that it now has eight of the top 10 US pay TV providers under license, with six of those having entered into new or renewal agreements in the last year […]

TiVo reports subscriber growth ahead of close of Rovi deal

TiVo grew its number of subscriptions by 24% year-on-year in fiscal Q1, in a “strong quarter” that it said positioned it well for its takeover by Rovi. Announcing its results for the three months ending April 30, 2016, TiVo said it increased its total subscriptions by 315,000 to over 7.1 million. MSO subscriptions increased 28% […]

Rovi introduces conversational voice search

Rovi has introduced a conversational voice search feature for its Fan TV platform. Fan Voice is designed to surface any movie or show using advanced search methods that pick up on natural voice requests. “Apple, Amazon and Google tackle a broad range of topics, but Fan Voice is the only one that is singularly focused […]

Rovi agrees US$1.1bn TiVo buyout

Rovi Corporation has agreed to buy TiVo in a cash and stock deal worth roughly US$1.1 billion (€961 million). Rovi CEO Tom Carson will lead the combined firm, which will “adopt the iconic TiVo brand” as the new company name. Announcing the deal, Rovi said that the combining the two companies would provide them with complementary […]

Rovi appoints chief marketing officer

Rovi has appointed the former CEO of Internet of Things startup, SmartHomes Ventures, as its chief marketing officer. Ted Schremp will be tasked with building and driving the company’s “global marketing vision”. Based in Wayne, Pennsylvania, he will report to Rovi’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, John Burke. Schremp most recently worked for […]

Rovi sues Comcast for patent infringement

TV technology company Rovi is suing Comcast for alleged infringement of its patents and has accused the US service provider of continuing to use Rovi’s technology to power its TV service following the expiry of its fixed-term licence. Rovi has accused Comcast of infringement of 14 of its patents covering features including the implementation of […]