Highlighting what is fast becoming a vital growth sector for content providers, Time Warner Inc. CEO Jeff Bewkes paid special homage to video-on-demand at a New York speaking engagement.
Tribune Digital Ventures said that it acquired TV by the Numbers, the firm that has supplied its Zap2it program guide with editorial content since 2010.
Rovi hired Arris and Motorola Mobility veteran John Burke to help it develop next-generation interactive program guides, naming him EVP and COO.
Top interactive program guide vendor Rovi could be poised to license IPGs that allow viewers to channel surf with voice commands, following a deal which could see it pay up to $69 million in cash to acquire voice search tech vendor Veveo.
While Charter Communications hasn't yet commercially deployed a cloud-based interactive program guide, the MSO offered a glimpse last week at the user interface that it has been testing since late last year on its cable system in Fort Worth, Texas.
Rovi said that Pennsylvania cable operator Armstrong is deploying its interactive program guides on systems that it has converted to an all-digital programming lineup.
Tribune Co. said it agreed to buy Sony's Gracenote subsidiary for $170 million, in a deal that could see its TMS division help pay TV distributors deliver interactive programming and advertising to viewers using TVs, tablets and smartphones.
Clearing a path for the launch of a network-based DVR service, Time Warner Cable said Thursday that it launched a new cloud-based interactive program guide.
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.