NDS Joins Macrovision’s EPG Patent Licensing Program
SANTA CLARA, USA and LONDON, UK - Macrovision Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ: MVSN) and NDS Group Ltd, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that NDS has entered into a multi-year license agreement for electronic program guide (EPG) patents.
The agreement provides NDS with a license to the EPG patents under Macrovision’s Gemstar patent portfolio and allows NDS to offer licensed EPGs to its pay-TV platform operator customers in specified countries.
“NDS is a true innovator in digital pay-TV technology and applications,” said Fred Amoroso, President and CEO, Macrovision. “Customers of NDS include many of the world’s leading pay-TV operators, and we are delighted to welcome NDS to our patent licensing program.”
“As the market leader in digital TV solutions, NDS strives to help its customers deliver a world-class TV experience to viewers,” said Dr. Abe Peled, Chairman and CEO, NDS Group. “We believe operators will benefit from having the option to license Gemstar’s EPG patents alongside NDS’ own leading technology and service offerings. We are therefore pleased to join Gemstar’s patent licensing program to enhance our market offering for our customers’ benefit.”
About Macrovision Solutions Corporation
Macrovision Solutions Corporation is focused on providing a uniquely simple digital home entertainment experience by delivering solutions to businesses to protect, enhance and distribute digital goods to consumers across multiple channels. Macrovision’’s technologies are deployed by companies in the entertainment, consumer electronics, cable and satellite, and online distribution markets to solve industry-specific challenges and bring greater value and a more robust user experience to their customers. The result of deploying Macrovision’s solutions is a simple end user experience for discovering, managing and enjoying digital content. Today, Macrovision provides connected middleware, media recognition, interactive programming guides, copy protection and rich media, data and metadata on music, games, movies and television programming. The company also operates an entertainment portal which can be found at www.allmusic.com. Macrovision holds over 4,000 issued or pending patents and patent applications worldwide.
Macrovision 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. More information about Macrovision can be found at www.macrovision.com.
NDS Group Ltd. creates the technologies and applications that enable pay-TV operators to securely deliver digital content to TV STBs (set-top boxes), DVRs (digital video recorders), PCs, mobiles and other multimedia devices. Over 70 of the world’s leading pay-TV platforms rely on NDS solutions to protect and enhance their businesses. VideoGuard® is the world’s market-leading conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) technology, currently deployed on 104 million active devices, and safeguarding pay-TV service revenues exceeding $40 billion. NDS middleware, including MediaHighway® which enables a host of advanced services for subscribers, has been deployed on 115 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV™, leads the global industry with 19 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of 31st March 2009).
Headquartered in the UK, NDS remains committed to investing in R&D with over 75% of its employees dedicated to pioneering work at development centres in China, Denmark, France, India, Israel, Korea, UK and US. NDS has also implemented a host of initiatives aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and helping digital TV subscribers reduce energy consumption.
NDS Group Ltd. is a private company owned by the Permira Funds and News Corporation. See www.nds.com for more information.
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