Rovi Corporation (Nasdaq: ROVI) today announced that the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued an initial determination in its action against Netflix and Roku. The ALJ found three out of the four Rovi patents involved in this action are valid, however has determined that Netflix and Roku have not infringed the patents in the current proceeding. In addition, the ALJ found that Rovi had satisfied the domestic industry requirement of the ITC for all of the asserted patents and rejected all the defense claims such as patent misuse and exhaustion that were raised by Netflix and Roku.
Rovi Solution Set Creates Cohesive, Quality Experience with Video Entertainment on Multiple Devices
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, will demonstrate at The Cable Show’s two marquee pavilions, Imagine Park and The Observatory, its newest technologies for the discovery, delivery and display of digital entertainment — Entertainment Unbound. Representing the fusion of the different products and technologies available from Rovi’s portfolio, the Entertainment Unbound concept builds upon today’s TV Everywhere deployments and centers around creating a more cohesive and personalized ecosystem for enjoying entertainment. By growing its offerings to incorporate a more streamlined way for subscribers to enjoy entertainment, cable TV operators will be able to drive up the value of their services and align their brand with the delivery of a holistic, cutting-edge entertainment environment.
Companies Work Together to Enable the Secure Delivery and Multi-Screen Playback of High Quality Entertainment Based on the Latest Compression Technology
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced it is working with Broadcom to enable device manufacturers and service providers to utilize the benefits of High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC/H.265) to deliver an enhanced entertainment experience. Rovi is planning to drive 4K content creation and, through its DivX® HEVC Certification Program, the market availability of compatible devices. Broadcom plans to support the playback of DivX HEVC streaming and downloadable content in the company’s recently announced BCM7445, an Ultra High Definition (UltraHD) home gateway chip. UltraHD quadruples the resolution of today's 1080p HDTV displays and HEVC provides the necessary efficiencies to reduce the bandwidth required by up to 40% as compared to the previous H.264 standard.
Rovi TotalGuide and SeaChange Nucleus Gateway Demonstration Showcases Flexible Design of Both Software Platforms
This week at The Cable Show, Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) and SeaChange International (NASDAQ: SEAC) are demonstrating an integrated guide and gateway built to the industry standard reference design kit (RDK) specification. By aligning Rovi TotalGuide™ with the SeaChange Nucleus™ Soft Box, the companies are demonstrating a solution that incorporates an HTML guide rendered by a WebKit browser that could be rapidly deployed in RDK-based gateways and set-top boxes, independent of the set-top hardware manufacturer.
Campaign Results Part of Latest Rovi Study on Connected TV Advertising, Owners, and Device Usage in the UK
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today released the latest findings from its comprehensive connected TV advertising study conducted in the United Kingdom with Decipher Media Research*. The latest results reinforce the ability of Rovi advanced advertising to positively affect brand awareness and engagement. Consumers exposed to ads on the platform, including an advert for American Airlines placed by leading media planning and buying agency, Universal McCann Manchester, expressed significantly high rates of brand favorability, awareness of key brand statements, and purchase intent as compared to a non-exposed control group. In addition to studying advertising effectiveness, the study also provided new data on connected TV owners and their device usage.
Designed to Streamline the Adoption of the New Compression Standard and Speed the Conversion of Entertainment Libraries into HEVC-Compatible Streaming Formats Including DivX Plus Streaming
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today released MainConcept® HEVC SDK 1.0, one of the first broadly available solutions for streamlining the integration of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) or H.265 into virtually any video application, service or environment. The new SDK not only enables developers who serve the broadcast, professional content creation, mobile, and consumer industries to increase the ease with which high-quality video content is delivered through existing cable, internet and wireless channels, but it also features innovative new technology to reduce content conversion times.
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced it has strengthened its analytics position to enable companies to inform and optimize local ad placements and promotions. Related to Rovi’s acquisition of IntegralReach in April, the company unveiled Rovi Audience Management Solution, an advanced predictive analytics solution that enables broadcast networks, cable TV operators, service providers, and others in the television distribution industry to employ big data sets to define, execute and measure the performance of subscriber offers, program promotions and advertising.
Will Enable the Advanced Adaptive Streaming of Premium Entertainment from Digital Storefronts and Service Providers
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that Toshiba Corporation is launching a range of DTVs Certified for DivX Plus Streaming™. The latest agreement will help increase the reach of Rovi’s advanced adaptive streaming format and enable Toshiba DTVs to support high-quality entertainment services from over-the-top providers such as KNOWHOW Movies by Dixons Retail in the UK.
Key IP Licensing Settlements and Customer Renewals Executed During the Quarter
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. All 2012 and 2013 results presented in this release have been adjusted to reflect the reclassification of the Rovi Entertainment Store business, which the Company has put up for sale, as discontinued operations.
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that Julian Lighton has joined the company as executive vice president of strategy and corporate development. Mr. Lighton’s responsibilities include driving strategy, mergers and acquisitions, alliances, government affairs, new ventures and business intelligence, emphasizing both organic and inorganic growth initiatives. He reports directly to Rovi’s president and CEO, Tom Carson. He is based out of Rovi’s Santa Clara, Calif. office.
Driving digital entertainment innovation, Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) today announced that Facebook will be using Rovi Video, a database that includes in-depth information on movies, TV shows, and celebrities, to offer people more ways to express the things they love on their profiles. The integration of Rovi Video with Facebook Platform will also offer app developers a high-quality, standardized base of entertainment data for creating meaningful consumer apps and interaction with entertainment-related content.
Enables Enhanced, High-Quality Video Experiences Across Multiple Screens
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced DivX Video Service™, an end-to-end video solution for high-quality multi-screen video delivery that is designed to integrate with and enhance TV Everywhere and over-the-top entertainment services. Building upon core DivX® video technologies and DRM, as well as MainConcept® professional encoders, DivX Video Service offers components for managing the entire video distribution chain from creation and secure delivery to multi-screen playback. This end-to-end approach enables video services to offer the highest possible level of consistency, flexibility, and interoperability.
Part of Broader Rovi Initiative to Fuel the Rapid Market Adoption of the New Compression Standard
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that over 50 companies, including representatives from some of the leading companies in digital media creation, transcoding, and delivery, have signed up to participate in its HEVC Beta Program. Launched early this year, the program enables participants to gain early access to the MainConcept® HEVC SDK and begin to test and evaluate the new compression standard. Expected to have a significant impact on video distribution and consumption, High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) or H.265 is designed to offer almost double the compression efficiency of H.264 and therefore reduce storage and bandwidth costs, as well as support higher resolutions such as 4K.
Subscribers Can Use Apps to Find TV Shows and Movies; Schedule Recordings on STB from PCs and Tablets
COGECO Cable Inc. (TSX: CCA) (“Cogeco”) and Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) announced the launch of two new interactive applications, Cogeco Remote Recorder powered by Rovi TV Listings and TotalGuide xD, that will provide Cogeco’s subscribers with access to the TV schedules on their set-top personal video recorder (PVR) devices from web-enabled devices. Cogeco is the first to commercially launch TotalGuide xD with remote record capability. Subscribers can use the apps to browse the TV listings, explore programs, find what to watch, and remotely schedule recordings for viewing at a later time and date.
Companies Expand Relationship to Enable New Multi-Screen Entertainment Offerings for European Service Providers
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that Hubee, a major supplier of multi-screen entertainment solutions for service providers, has selected DivX Plus Streaming™. Hubee will use Rovi’s advanced adaptive streaming format to power digital entertainment delivery for new customer entertainment storefronts that are expected to launch in Europe later this year.
Rovi Has Now Secured DivX Agreements with the Top Five DTV Manufacturers in China
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that Changhong, a leading consumer electronics manufacturer in China, has selected DivX® video solutions for integration into its digital TVs. Changhong plans to add DivX Plus® HD Certification into TVs and support DivX Plus Streaming™ in its Smart TV line. The combination is designed to enhance the consumer digital entertainment experience, providing high quality playback of personal, user generated and protected premium content in the DivX video format and providing support for a range of online digital storefronts.
Advanced Adaptive Streaming Format Selected to Power Online Movie Store in Mainland China
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced Mei Ah Digital Ltd. (Mei-Ah, a member of Mei Ah Entertainment Group) has selected DivX Plus Streaming™ to deliver video-on-demand services to consumers in China. The online service, (http://www.116.tv/), will comprise of movie titles available for digital distribution by the Mei Ah Entertainment Group and other movie studios, including new releases, library content, and television programs.
Rovi Involvement in Blender Foundation’s Open Movie Project Underscores Company’s Commitment to Enable the Highest Quality Video Experiences
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that it is sponsoring the Blender Foundation’s 4K film, Tears of Steel. Scheduled for release in April, Tears of Steel will be one of the first films to be available in the 4K format, also known as ‘4K Ultra High Definition.’ Rovi’s sponsorship of the film demonstrates its commitment to driving industry adoption of H.265/HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec), the newly ratified compression standard that will enable delivery of 4K content and improve consumers’ experience with streaming video across a range of devices. 4K refers to the horizontal resolution of the format which is about 4,000 pixels, providing twice the horizontal and vertical resolution of the 1080p HDTV format.
LG First to License DivX Plus Streaming for Mobile Devices
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that Rovi and LG Electronics have agreed to renew a multi-year worldwide DivX license. In addition to renewing LG’s long-standing support for DivX® video playback in LG consumer electronics devices, the agreement also includes the licensing of DivX Plus Streaming® for LG mobile devices. The inclusion of Rovi’s adaptive streaming format will enable LG to deploy mobile devices compatible with a range of video services from retailers, operators, and content owners, and that deliver an enhanced streaming experience to consumers.
Charter Participants Introduce Advanced Display and Video Campaigns Within Mobile Phone, Tablet and Connected TV Apps
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced the expansion of its Rovi Advertising Service to support the integration of advanced display and video advertising in mobile phone, tablet and connected TV apps. Program charter participants include popular solution providers Boxfish, mPortal, and Muzu. The advertising trial program is designed to allow participants to create new revenue streams and contribute to the development of best practices for optimizing ad placements and driving return on investment.
Enables Operators, Manufacturers and Services to Move Towards an Era of Entertainment Unbound
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, will be showcasing new technologies at Mobile World Congress (stand #7I82 in hall seven of the Fira Gran Via) that are designed to enable mobile app developers, operators, and device manufacturers to satisfy the increased demand for digital entertainment access on mobile devices. The company’s announcements and demonstrations at this year’s show address the need for enabling greater access to content, higher video quality and increased interactivity across multiple devices. Leading Rovi’s showcase will be a demonstration of DivX® HEVC 720p integrated with DivX Plus Streaming®, developed to support the rollout of the newly ratified High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard for mobile and consumer electronic devices. The demonstration is an example of Rovi’s focus on bringing technologies to market to promote the rapid adoption of HEVC.
Mobile Streaming Survey Uncovers Opportunities to Improve and Enhance a Next-Generation of “Entertainment Unbound” Experiences
Now that consumers around the globe are adopting wireless devices at breakneck speed, Rovi set out to understand exactly how consumers in Western Europe and the U.S. are interacting with streaming content on their devices, including how often they use their phones or tablets for video entertainment, what they are viewing, and how satisfied they are with the experience.
Report Explores the Dramatic Effect of HEVC, Opportunities for Mobile Devices to Enhance the Home Entertainment Experience and the Results of a Consumer Mobile Video Streaming Survey
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced the availability of a new edition of the Rovi Insights Series, an ongoing report series that provides business intelligence on the state of digital entertainment and its future. The second installment of the Insights Series focuses on opportunities surrounding mobility and driving digital entertainment across multiple screens. Rovi will be discussing key themes from the Insights Series and showcasing its suite of solutions for the discovery, delivery, display and monetization of mobile entertainment during Mobile World Congress, February 25-28, 2013 at Rovi’s stand #7I82 in hall seven of the Fira Gran Via.
New Service Enables Users to Create Personalized Collections of Video from Around the Web to Enjoy on Mobile Devices
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, announced today that a beta version of its new DivX® Stash service is now available to the general public. DivX Stash enables users to personalize their online video experience while simplifying the process of collecting, organizing and enjoying videos from around the web on mobile devices (iOS and Android) and computers (Safari, Chrome and Firefox).
Company Makes Significant Progress in Transition Year as it Builds Foundation for Future Growth
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2012 ended December 31, 2012. All 2011 and 2012 results presented in this release have been adjusted to reflect the reclassification of the Rovi Entertainment Store business, which the Company has put up for sale, as discontinued operations.
New Processors for Flat-Panel TVs to Support Rovi’s Advanced Adaptive Streaming Format and the Delivery of a Consistent, High-Quality Digital Streaming Media Experience
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that Novatek Microelectronics Corp. is set to integrate DivX Plus Streaming® technology into its upcoming SOC product designed to deliver an optimal balance of features and performance for the high-volume DTV segment. The inclusion of DivX Plus Streaming will enable CE manufacturers to rapidly deploy devices compatible with a range of video services from retailers, operators, and content owners and deliver a more advanced streaming experience to consumers.
Rovi Showcases Innovative Technologies Connecting Consumers with Entertainment in a More Personal, Relevant and Engaging Way
Driving digital entertainment innovation, Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) at CES 2013 is showcasing new and in-market solutions designed to connect consumers to great digital entertainment experiences anywhere they choose. Building upon its deep expertise in digital entertainment discovery, delivery, display and monetization, Rovi is paving the way for a new generation of IP-based video services that it has coined ‘Entertainment Unbound’. A natural evolution to TV Everywhere and Multi-Screen Video initiatives, Entertainment Unbound aims to define a next-generation entertainment experience that supports broader device access, more content choices and an array of consumption models. Importantly, Entertainment Unbound also describes an enhanced entertainment experience that is optimized for the viewing environment, as well as the individual tastes and needs of the user.
Rovi Services Gateway Introduces IP-based Services into Cable Ecosystem and Offers Service Providers a Streamlined Path to IPTV
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, announced that it is developing a new Internet Protocol (IP) software platform, Rovi Services Gateway, that would enable pay-TV service providers to cost-effectively introduce IP-based, multi-screen services and applications to their cable ecosystem. Rovi Services Gateway is designed to be deployed as a new service layer in the home that allows cable services and CE devices to connect, communicate and interact with each other. The software service platform may also help service providers progressively transition to IPTV services.
Rovi to Introduce New Professional MainConcept Encoders, DivX Device Certification, and Consumer Software to Power Efficient and High Quality Video Experiences Across the Entire Entertainment Ecosystem
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today unveiled its HEVC Development Program to enable companies participating in the digital video value chain to take advantage of the latest compression technology to reduce storage and bandwidth costs and deliver an optimized viewing experience. The program is planned to include a range of Rovi product updates and launches including new MainConcept® encoding SDKs and an update to DivX® device certification to allow customers such as IC manufacturers, consumer electronics device makers and mobile operators to rapidly introduce products that support the successor to H.264.
Rovi’s Advanced Adaptive Streaming Format Ready to Enable UltraViolet Retailers to Deliver High-Quality Video Experiences Across a Broad Range of Home and Mobile Devices
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that the DivX® digital rights management (DRM) used with the company’s adaptive streaming format, has been approved by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) for streaming use within the UltraViolet ecosystem. With the DivX DRM becoming part of the UltraViolet technology specification, DivX Plus Streaming® may be easily used by UltraViolet retailers to deliver a consistently high quality over-the-top video streaming experience. DECE is the developer and operator of UltraViolet, which is designed to offer consumers unprecedented freedom and flexibility in how they watch and collect home entertainment.
Companies to Align Technologies to Bring Video Discovery to Consumer Entertainment Experience
Driving digital entertainment innovation, Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) today announced that Samsung Electronics, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, plans to use data from Rovi Video, one of the most comprehensive collections of metadata on TV, movies and celebrities, in its newest Smart TVs and tablets for North America and Europe.
Report Presents a Vision for the Evolution of Entertainment
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today introduced the Rovi Insights Series, an ongoing report series that provide timely and topical information on the state of digital entertainment and its future. Drawing upon industry trends, the company’s primary research and direct measurement capabilities, Rovi Insights Series unveils perspectives on the market ecosystem from Rovi’s vantage point – a technology and solutions provider in the center of the ecosystem, driving forward the discovery, delivery, display and monetization of entertainment across platforms and devices. The first edition, released at CES, features articles that lay out a vision for the natural evolution of TV Everywhere to Entertainment Unbound.
Rovi Unveils Multi-Screen Service Designed to Make it Easier for CE Manufactures and App Developers to Include Dynamic Cross-Device Interactivity
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, and PlayJam, operator of the world’s leading smart TV games network, today announced they are joining forces to enable TV entertainment application developers to deliver a new level of multi-screen interactivity and engagement. At CES, the companies will be demonstrating Rovi’s Multi-Screen Service enabling two mobile users to play and interact with the popular Smart TV game BlackJack. In the future, Rovi and PlayJam plan to offer the Rovi Multi-Screen Service within PlayJam’s range of smart TV publishing and optimization tools to empower developers to quickly create dynamic gaming experiences that drive customer loyalty and new revenue opportunities.
DivX Plus Streaming Selected to Deliver Advanced Entertainment Experiences Over 4G LTE Network to Android-Based Tablets and Phones
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced Mei Ah Digital Ltd. (Mei-Ah, a member of Mei Ah Entertainment Group), in collaboration with China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited (China Mobile Hong Kong), is using DivX Plus Streaming® to deliver premium entertainment services to mobile users in Hong Kong. The UTV App by China Mobile Hong Kong enables its 4G LTE and 3G service subscribers to instantly access live TV broadcasting and Catch-up Video-On-Demand (“VOD”) content from Android-based mobile phones and tablets. Catch-up VOD TV service is delivered using DivX Plus Streaming technology, Rovi’s secure adaptive streaming format offering stunning visual quality and an advanced feature set. This is the world’s first DivX Plus Streaming service on a 4G LTE network.
Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) today announced that it intends to pursue the sale of its Rovi Entertainment Store business as part of its ongoing strategic efforts to focus the Company on growth opportunities related to its core enabling technologies and services. The Company has retained GCA Savvian Advisors, LLC as its financial adviser in connection with the potential sale.