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Rovi Expands Global Data Footprint with the Launch of Columbus Communications in Trinidad, Jamaica, Curacao and Grenada
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 31, 2012 – Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) today announced that Columbus Communications, a leading service provider servicing 23 countries throughout the greater Caribbean, Andean and Central America region, has converted to Rovi Video TV listings data to enhance its subscriber services. The launch with Columbus Communications, impacting over 200,000 subscribers in Trinidad, Jamaica, Curacao and Grenada, marks the continued expansion of Rovi’s global footprint.
Columbus Communications has deployed Rovi Video TV listings data in its Flow product built upon the Passport Guide technology, Rovi’s industry-leading interactive program guide. The two solutions, working together, will make it even more convenient for Columbus Communication’s subscribers to discover the TV programming that they want to watch on their own schedules. Rovi entertainment data, including Rovi Video TV listings, draws upon more than 50 years’ of data collection and includes descriptive information on over three million TV shows, movies and sporting events that span from classics to new favorites.
“Rovi’s Passport Guide has been a core asset in our offering to our subscribers. With the addition of Rovi Video TV listings data to the offering, we’ll be able to expand upon our services with even more advanced search options and other functionalities,” said Rhea Yaw Ching, corporate vice president, sales and marketing, Columbus Communications. “Our collaboration with Rovi will help us grow our customer satisfaction by enabling our subscribers to quickly find TV listings, movies, sports and cast and crew information on their cable service.”
“We’re committed to helping our customers offer a more robust TV viewing experience to their subscribers with enhanced search, navigation and program management. By using both Rovi Passport Guide and Rovi entertainment data, Columbus is benefiting from the synergies between our products,” said Bob Shallow, SVP of Service Provider sales and marketing for Rovi Corporation. “In today’s dynamic entertainment environment, Rovi entertainment data is the foundation upon which more advanced functionality is built as service providers look to extend their services across multiple devices and platforms.”
About Columbus Communications
Columbus is a privately held Barbados-based company that provides digital cable television, broadband internet, digital landline telephony services in Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada and Curacao all of which operate under the brand name, FLOW and corporate data services under the brand Columbus Business Solutions. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Columbus Networks, the Company provides capacity & IP services, corporate data solutions and data center hosting throughout 23 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region.
About Rovi Corporation
Rovi Corporation is focused on revolutionizing the digital entertainment landscape by delivering solutions that enable consumers to intuitively connect to new entertainment from many sources and locations. The company also provides extensive entertainment discovery solutions for television, movies, music and photos to its customers in the consumer electronics, cable and satellite, entertainment and online distribution markets. These solutions, complemented by industry leading entertainment data, create the connections between people and technology, and enable them to discover and manage entertainment in an enjoyable form.
Rovi holds over 5,200 issued or pending patents worldwide and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with numerous offices across the United States and around the world including Japan, China, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom. More information about Rovi can be found at http://www.rovicorp.com/.