The agreement allows Freeview to develop an enhanced IPG for the Australian market under the Rovi patent portfolio. Consumer electronic manufacturers incorporating the Freeview IPG will be able to license the necessary IPG patents directly from Rovi.
“As part of our commitment to offer more choice, more channels and more quality programming, we are now also able to offer the benefits of an IPG based on Rovi’s patent portfolio, helping contribute to an even better viewing experience,” said Robin Parkes, CEO of Freeview Australia.
Freeview brings its viewers more choice and more channels for free, including a 24 hour sports channel on ONE, more world stories on SBSTWO, and a new entertainment channel on GO!
“Freeview’s mission underscores the significance that the digital transformation in free-to-view programming in Australia has provided to home entertainment,” said Samir Armaly, senior vice president, licensing, Rovi Corporation. “Freeview brings cutting-edge technologies to its viewers and we are pleased that our intellectual property will be available for license by Freeview’s customers, helping viewers discover the TV programs that are most important to them.”
This announcement continues the expansion of Rovi’s global licensing program in Australia.
Freeview Australia Pty Ltd (freeview.com.au) is the free digital television service in Australia. It comprises channels from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Special Broadcasting Services (SBS), Seven Network Limited, Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd, Network Ten Pty Limited, WIN Corporation Limited, Prime Media Group Limited and Southern Cross Broadcasting (Australia) Pty Ltd. Freeview encourages Australians to switch to free-to-view digital television by promoting its benefits including more channels, more moments, better picture and superior sound, for free.
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 over 4,000 issued or pending patents and patent applications worldwide and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with numerous offices across the United States and around the world including Japan, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom.
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