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Rovi Extends Interactive Program Guide Patent License for SKY Italia
The Multi-Year Agreement Includes Usage Rights for Mobile and Online Platforms
SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 1, 2012 – Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) today announced that it has entered into a multi-year extension agreement for interactive program guides (IPGs) deployed by Sky Italia. Rovi originally had an agreement directly with Sky Italia for these rights, but the extension is being provided under Rovi’s license agreement with NDS Group Ltd, a leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV and supplier to Sky Italia. The extension includes rights under the Rovi patents not only for set-top boxes, but also for secondary screens such as mobile devices, tablets and online applications.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with NDS to allow the continued deployment and use of our intellectual property by leading providers like SKY Italia,” said Samir Armaly, EVP, Intellectual Property & Licensing, Rovi Corporation. “We believe Rovi IPG and related technologies are essential to helping service providers satisfy consumers’ growing demand for ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to TV entertainment.”
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/.