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.
Rovi Corp. and Hulu have apparently buried the hatchet, so to speak, by resolving their ongoing litigation and reaching a new licensing agreement.
While the initial iterations of the recently adopted High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) compression standard will affect the mobile video space first, IPTV, in the long run, will be the real winner.
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.
Rovi Corp., which recently said it would sell off its online video unit, continued to cozy up to the pay TV universe at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, where it unveiled new IP software that "would enable pay TV service providers to cost effectively introduce IP-based multiscreen services and applications" within their traditional delivery system.
Rovi Corp. says it wants out of the Rovi Entertainment Store business and will sell it off as "part of its ongoing strategic efforts to focus the company on growth opportunities related to its core enabling technologies and services," a company press release stated.
Connected TVs from consumer electronics manufacturers such as LG, Samsung and Sony will be in 87 million U.S. homes, according to a Parks Associates study commissioned by interactive program guide technology developer Rovi.
Smart TVs are here to stay, with as many as 87 million U.S. households having the devices by 2016, research by Parks Associates has revealed.
How did pay TV distributors, programmers, and technology vendors perform during the third quarter of 2012? FierceCable will track the earnings reports and investor calls from public cable distributors, programmers and technology vendors, and update this special report regularly.
Despite the fact that many small telcos already see IPTV as a "bottomless pit of expense," as Robert Saunders, president and co-founder of Skitter, put it, they still must bite the bullet and incorporate an over-the-top video element into their video service mix.