Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) and Austar United Communications Limited (“AUSTAR”, ASX: AUN) today announced that they have entered into a multi-year license agreement for interactive program guide (IPG) patents owned by Rovi.
The agreement provides AUSTAR with a license to Rovi’s IPG patents for AUSTAR’s pay television services in Australia. AUSTAR is an affiliate of UPC Broadband in Europe, via parent company Liberty Global, Inc. UPC recently negotiated a similar agreement with Rovi.
“We welcome AUSTAR, a leading subscription television provider in Australia, to our international patent licensing program,” said Samir Armaly, senior vice president of licensing, Rovi. “This announcement continues to illustrate the importance of our IPG intellectual property for service providers like AUSTAR, which are providing an enhanced entertainment experience for its customers.”
“AUSTAR has long been focused on offering innovative services and technology to our customers, as well as providing them with the best content, choice and value on offer,” said Deanne Weir, Director, Corporate Development, AUSTAR. “Our new agreement with Rovi helps us maintain this focus and take our customer experience to the next level.”
About Austar United Communications (AUSTAR)
AUSTAR (Australian Stock Exchange “AUN”) is a leading provider of subscription television services in regional and rural Australia, with more than 735,000 customers enjoying principally satellite digital television services. Internet and mobile telephony services complete AUSTAR’s product offering. AUSTAR is also a significant provider of programming in the Australian television market through its 50% owned joint venture, XYZnetworks, which owns and/or distributes Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Discovery Channel, Channel [V], [V] Hits, MAX, Arena, The Lifestyle Channel, Lifestyle Food, CountryMusic Channel and The Weather Channel. Liberty Global, Inc., the largest international broadband cable operator in terms of subscribers, holds an indirect controlling stake in AUSTAR.
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 4,200 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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