Report: TiVo in sale talks with Rovi

DVR-maker TiVo is reportedly in advanced negotiations to be sold to entertainment technology company, Rovi. According to a New York Times report, the deal would merge TiVo and Rovi, with shareholders of TiVo to receive a combination of cash and stock. The report claimed that while the price is still under negotiation, shareholders of TiVo would […]

Rovi research sheds light on OTT habits

Some 60% of people frequently stream content while traveling by car or public transport, with 29% claim to do so while at work, according to new research by Rovi. The study found that 77% of respondents subscribe to “alternative” TV or video content providers like Netflix or Hulu – with more people doing so in […]

Virgin Media claims final patent win against Rovi

Virgin Media has claimed victory in an appeal hearing relating to the eleventh and final outstanding patent case brought against it by Rovi. The Court of Appeal dismissed Rovi’s claims in a ruling delivered last week, upholding a May 2014 High Court ruling that found Rovi’s claims to be invalid. Rovi had sued Virgin Media […]

Sky renews Rovi patent agreement

Sky has extended its licence agreement with Rovi, giving the operator continued access to Rovi’s entertainment discovery patent portfolio. The multi-year, multi-territory patent deal lets Sky continue to offer discovery and personalisation options to its 21 million customers. “Our customers want to quickly and easily find programming that interests them. Our long-standing relationship with Rovi […]

Panasonic Avionics teams up with Rovi for inflight content discovery

Search and recommendation specialist Rovi and in-flight entertainment specialist Panasonic Avionics have teamed up to enable Panasonic to use Rovi’s metadata to manage the programming guide for its global inflight television service, eXTV. In the first phase of this strategic relationship Panasonic will use Rovi metadata to manage its entertainment inventory and provide programming information […]

Rovi names discovery chief

TV search and discovery and user guide specialist Rovi has named Michael Hawkey as senior vice-president and general manager of its Discovery business group. In this role, Hawkey will lead the growth initiatives, overall strategy and profitability in multiple areas across the Discovery group’s product development, including product lifecycle management, programme management and product marketing, […]

Virgin Media wins appeal case against Rovi

Virgin Media has secured a victory in the latest patent case brought by technology provider Rovi against the Liberty Global-owned UK cable operator. The UK Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal by Rovi against a High Court ruling in relation to a patent centred on the ability to pause-and-resume on-demand and live TV programmes […]

Rovi to appeal Netflix patent ruling

Rovi has said it plans to appeal a US court ruling issued this week in favour of Netflix, in a patent dispute that dates back to 2011. Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled that the five Rovi patents at the centre of the case did not relate to “patentable subject matter” and were thus invalid – based on […]

Virgin fends off eleventh Rovi patent claim

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has won its latest patent case against Rovi Corporation, marking what Virgin claims is the eleventh successive defeat for Rovi out of the eleven patent disputes. All of the eleven patents asserted by Rovi have now either been found invalid and/or revoked by either the English Court or by […]

Grundig to use latest version of Rovi CE guide

Consumer electronics provider Grundig has renewed its licensing and product agreement with Rovi. As part of the agreement Grundig will use the latest release of Rovi Guide CE to power enhanced search and recommendations in their LED TVs manufactured in 2015 and distributed across Europe. This marks the first licence of the Rovi Guide CE […]