Foxtel Joins Macrovision’s EPG Patent Licensing Program Under NDS Agreement
SANTA CLARA, USA and LONDON, UK - Macrovision Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ: MVSN), a digital entertainment technology leader, and NDS Group Ltd, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that FOXTEL, Australia’s leading subscription television provider has signed a multi-year agreement for licenses to Macrovision’s electronic program guide (EPG) patent portfolio.
FOXTEL, a current NDS customer, is licensing Macrovision’s EPG patents under the agreement between Macrovision and NDS on EPG patents, announced in April 2009. FOXTEL joins Macrovision’s existing list of leading international pay-TV operator licensees that includes British Sky Broadcasting Limited and SKY Italia.
“Macrovision continues to make strides in furthering our relationship with the major operators worldwide,” said Samir Armaly, Senior VP of Licensing, Macrovision. “We are pleased to welcome such a well renowned system operator as FOXTEL to our patent licensing program and to continue the extension of our licensing program worldwide.”
“We are pleased to announce FOXTEL as among the first NDS customers to benefit from our new patent license agreement with Macrovision,” said Gorm Nielsen, Senior Vice President, Business Development, NDS. “We believe that operators will benefit from the option to license Macrovision EPG patents alongside NDS’ own leading technology and service offerings, part of our ongoing effort to help pay-TV providers bring a richer viewing experience to their audiences.”
FOXTEL is Australia’s leading subscription television provider and is connected to 1.6 million homes on cable and satellite through retail and wholesale distribution. FOXTEL strives to ensure subscribers find TV they want to watch every time they switch on through delivery of more than 150 channels covering news, sport, general entertainment, movies, documentaries, music and children’s programming. FOXTEL is owned by Telstra Corporation Ltd (50%), The News Corporation Ltd (25%), and Consolidated Media Holdings Ltd (25%).
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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