Rovi Corporation today announced that it has extended its license agreement with NDS Group Ltd, a leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, for Rovi’s interactive program guide (IPG) patent portfolio. Through the agreement, NDS will be able to continue to provide IPG and related technologies under the Rovi patents to its customers. The extension runs for an additional 5 year period and includes new, additional rights under the Rovi patents for secondary screens such as mobile devices, tablets and online applications.
“As the industry’s leading provider of digital TV solutions, NDS strives to help its customers deliver a world-class TV experience to subscribers on any device,” said Gorm Nielsen, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, NDS. “We believe our customers benefit from having the option to license Rovi’s IPG patents alongside NDS’ own leading technology and service offerings and are therefore pleased to extend our license agreement with Rovi.”
“This agreement enables NDS to expand its licensed product offerings and provide its digital pay-TV customers with more options in licensing IPGs for use across multiple devices,” said Samir Armaly, EVP, Intellectual Property & Licensing, Rovi Corporation. “We are pleased to continue to work with NDS and their customers to help them deliver a world class TV experience to their viewers.”
NDS Group Ltd (nds.com) creates the technologies and applications that enable pay-TV operators to securely deliver digital content to TV STBs (set-top boxes), DVRs (digital video recorders), PCs, mobiles and other multimedia devices. Over 90 of the world’s leading pay-TV platforms rely on NDS solutions to protect and enhance their business.
NDS’ VideoGuard® is the world’s market-leading content and service protection solution, deployed in 125 million pay-TV households. VideoGuard conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) technologies safeguard pay-TV service revenues exceeding $50 billion. NDS middleware, which enables a host of advanced services for subscribers, has been deployed on 214 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV™, is a leader in the global industry with 47 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of 31st December 2011).
Headquartered in the UK, with over 5000 employees, NDS remains committed to investing in technology and development with over 75% of its employees dedicated to pioneering work at development centres in France, India, Israel, Korea, UK and US.
NDS Group Ltd is a private company owned by the Permira Funds and News Corporation.
About Rovi Corporation
Rovi Corporation (rovicorp.com) is focused on revolutionizing the digital entertainment landscape by delivering solutions that enable consumers to intuitively connect to new entertainment from many sources and locations. The company also provides extensive entertainment discovery solutions for television, movies, music and photos to its customers in the consumer electronics, cable and satellite, entertainment and online distribution markets. These solutions, complemented by industry leading entertainment data, create the connections between people and technology, and enable them to discover and manage entertainment in an enjoyable form.
Rovi holds approximately 5,100 issued or pending patents worldwide and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with numerous offices across the United States and around the world including Japan, China, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom.
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