Gemstar, Hitachi Ink IPG Pact

9/22/2004 5:26 AM Eastern

Hitachi America Ltd. will incorporate Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc.’s TV Guide on Screen interactive program guide into its digital-TV sets under an agreement announced Wednesday.

Gemstar-TV Guide said that with the Hitachi deal, it now has consumer-electronics IPG and technology pacts in place with more than one-dozen top manufacturers.

“As a leading manufacturer of high-definition televisions, Hitachi's goal is to provide customers with high-performance products that are easy to use," Hitachi America vice president of marketing Leo Delaney said in a prepared statement.

"The integration of Gemstar-TV Guide with Hitachi televisions is a natural fit, as it is an ongoing priority for us to offer our customers access to new developments in the TV industry,” he added.

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