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OpenTV, Nagravision sue Apple for patent infringement

OpenTV, and Nagravision, both subsidiaries of the Kudelski Group, have filed a patent infringement suit against Apple in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that Apple infringes five US patents owned by OpenTV and Nagravision, and identifies Apple’s infringing products and services as including iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod), Apple [...]

Virgin win patent round against Rovi

Virgin Media has prevailed in its latest High Court battle with Rovi Corporation over patents related to EPG and links to content. Rovi had claimed infringement of two patents relating to the ability to conceal chosen channels on the EPG and the “backwards EPG” linking to content. The Court found both patents invalid and that the Virgin Media TiVo box [...]

iPlayer extending catch-up window


iPlayer chief Dan Taylor has confirmed that the BBC’s streaming service will soon be extending its window for catch-up content from 7 days to 30 days. Taylor also revealed several new features including a Radio 1 video player within iPlayer whilst speaking at TV Connect in London. The new version of iPlayer launched on a limited number of devices this week [...]

New look for Sky EPG

Sky customers will start to see a brand new Homepage on their Sky+HD boxes in what the satellite broadcaster describes as the most significant shake-up to its electronic programme guide (EPG) since its introduction at the launch of digital TV in 1998. For the first time ever, On Demand, including Catch Up TV and Sky Store and the Sky+ Planner [...]

Rovi renews patent agreement with Sony

Rovi has renewed the licence agreement with Sony Corporation for interactive programme guide patents and technologies. The agreement continues to provide Sony with a licence to Rovi’s guide patent portfolio for its consumer electronics devices worldwide and the ability to use related Rovi guide and metadata technologies. “Our continued collaboration with Sony, a leading manufacturer of connected consumer electronics products [...]

Simple.TV selects Gracenote to power EPG

Simple.TV has selected Gracenote eyeQ to power the electronic programme guide for all digital basic cable and over-the-air programming for Simple.TV users in North America.  With Gracenote eyeQ, Simple.TV premium subscribers will see what’s playing now and view listings with programme-related photos and imagery for upcoming shows from major broadcast networks, as well as select cable channels.  A software update [...]

Accessibility updates from YouView

UK open IPTV platform YouView has released the second in a series of updates designed to deliver better accessibility for blind and partially sighted customers as well as those with motor skill and cognitive impairment, to improve the journey for this audience to find their favourite TV. YouView has improved the zoom functionality which now allows visually impaired users to [...]

Major makeover for Netflix UI

Online entertainment service Netflix has unveiled what it describes as the biggest update to its TV experience in the service’s history, a “radically new look” that makes Netflix on TVs a much richer and more immersive experience, according to the company. The new design was created specifically for the big screen, featuring multiple cinematic images for each title along with [...]

Ofcom supports PSB EPG review


Ed Richards, Ofcom’s Chief Executive, has suggested the government’s review of communications policy should include an assessment of the prominence the UK’s Public Service Broadcasters are afforded on Electronic Programme Guides in the converged age. Delivering an address at the Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar: Assessing the Government’s communications strategy: ‘Connectivity, Content and Consumers: Britain’s digital platform for growth’, Richards suggested [...]

Social Media drives engagement and discovery

Horowitz Associates’ latest consumer survey among broadband Internet users 15+, Multiplatform Content & Services 2013, highlights the undeniable benefits of a strong social media presence in cultivating loyal, active network viewership, particularly among younger age groups. Younger viewers are the most socially engaged with their TV content; nearly one-third (30 per cent) of online 15-17 year-olds and one-quarter (25 per [...]

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