Dish Network made another tweak to its Hopper multi-room DVR platform and program guide, announcing Friday that it added a "Free for Kids" section to its Hopper On Demand section which uses content ratings to display only kid-friendly programs.
Interactive program guide vendor Rovi said it scored a deal with Microsoft Corp. to supply it with TV listings data for its new Xbox One gaming console, which hits retail stores on Nov. 22.
Cox Communications posted five videos on YouTube Friday afternoon which confirm that it plans to launch a new app called Contour, which will be able to deliver personalized live TV and video-on-demand programs to its cable subscribers, for Apple's iPad.
Rovi said Cogeco Cable is the first pay TV provider to launch its TotalGuide xD app for Apple's iPad, which lets subscribers browse TV listings and schedule DVR recordings with the tablet.
Interactive program guide technology vendor Rovi said it renewed licensing deals with 32 cable MSOs in the fourth quarter, and that 11 cable operators have deployed its new TotalGuide IPG.
Verizon has removed the "What's Hot" application from the menu of its FiOS TV service, which allowed subscribers to view a mosaic program guide that displayed the most popular programs that other viewers are currently watching in each market it serves.
Cablevision, AT&T and DirecTV are deploying smarter IPGs that rely on technology such as recommendation engines and voice recognition to make it easier for subscribers to find programming they may be interested in.
Cablevision says it will launch an advanced interactive program guide called Onyx during the fourth quarter that CEO Jim Dolan compared to the interfaces used by Netflix and Internet video providers.
Top interactive program-guide technology vendor Rovi Corp. said it licensed its IPG patent portfolio to Google for use in its upcoming Google Fiber TV deployment in the Kansas City metro area.
Shares in top interactive program guide technology vendor Rovi dropped more than 40 percent Wednesday, after it slashed revenue and earnings estimates for the second quarter.