Rovi it has entered into a multi-year extension agreement for interactive program guides (IPGs) deployed by Sky Italia. Rovi originally had an agreement directly with Sky Italia for these rights, but the extension is being provided under Rovi’s licence agreement with NDS, the provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV and supplier to Sky Italia. The extension includes rights under the Rovi patents not only for set-top boxes, but also for secondary screens such as mobile devices, tablets and online applications.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with NDS to allow the continued deployment and use of our intellectual property by leading providers like SKY Italia,” said Samir Armaly, EVP, Intellectual Property & Licensing at Rovi. “We believe Rovi IPG and related technologies are essential to helping service providers satisfy consumers’ growing demand for ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to TV entertainment.”