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Rovi Signs IPG Intellectual Property License Agreement with Videotron
Addition of Canadian Telecommunications Company Videotron Continues Expansion of Rovi Licensing Program with North American Service Providers Across Multiple Platforms
Santa Clara, Calif. – 3/21/2011 – Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) announced today that Rovi has entered into a multi-year agreement with Videotron whereby Videotron has licensed the interactive program guide (IPG) patent portfolio owned by Rovi. The agreement provides Videotron with a license to Rovi patent intellectual property for IPGs across multiple platforms including certain set top box, online and mobile platforms.
“Our announcement with Videotron marks the growth of our licensing program with service providers in North America for Rovi IPG intellectual property across multiple platforms,” said Samir Armaly, senior vice president of worldwide licensing, Rovi. “MSOs like Videotron are committed to providing their customers with an enjoyable entertainment experience, regardless of whether they are in the home or on the go, and the guide is instrumental in helping them easily find out what’s on TV.”
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 nearly 5,000 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, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom.