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.
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.