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Charter to upgrade to Rovi's new guide

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 8:20am
Brian Santo

Charter Communications has arranged to deploy Rovi's latest program guide, which links set-top viewing with viewing on PCs, tablets and mobile devices.

Charter has secured the rights to Rovi's TotalGuide, but told CED it has no plans yet to deploy it. TotalGuide customers include Cogeco Cable, Suddenlink, BendBroadband and Armstrong.

Rovi formally introduced TotalGuide xD, its white-label service, in March. The face of the service is a guide that service operators can tag with their own brands; the guide supports search and discovery and includes a recommendation engine.

Subscribers see a single interface through which they can access linear broadcast, video-on-demand and authenticated streaming video; the interface is common across the range of viewing devices. The guide also supports popular social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter and email.

MSOs can customize the services they make available through the guide and select which devices they desire to support.

Charter, which had been using Rovi's Passport guide, secured the rights to distribute Rovi's TotalGuide Solution on its set-top boxes, mobile and tablet devices, and the Web. In addition, the multi-year agreement includes a license to the Rovi Remote Record Scheduling Application for i-Guide and Passport Guide and for the use of the Rovi interactive program guide patent portfolio across STBs, Web and mobile products.

Richard DiGeronimo, Charter's senior vice president of product and strategy, said, "Through this agreement with Rovi, we broaden our ability to innovate, enabling greater product development flexibility in a rapidly changing consumer communications and entertainment marketplace."

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