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.
Belgian cable operator Belgacom deployed a recommendation engine from Jinni on digital set-tops that allows subscribers to browse for content based on mood.
Time Warner Cable is rolling out a new interactive program guide for digital cable subscribers that is based on the same color scheme as apps that it has developed for Apple's iPad and iPhone and devices running Google's Android platform.
Tribune Media Services and Digitalsmiths are teaming up to pitch cable operators technology that could make it easier to deliver TV listings and other data to cable subscribers using tablet computers