Gemstar Inks Sony, Panasonic Deals9/13/2004 8:50 AM Eastern
Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. announced agreements with two consumer-electronics giants Monday.
The company reached a multiyear deal with Sony Corp. to incorporate its TV Guide on Screen interactive programming guide into Sony's digital TVs, DVD recorders and CableCARD set-top boxes in the United States.
Gemstar-TV Guide already had an agreement to license its IPG and technology to Sony in Japan.
And the company inked a multiyear licensing agreement with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. giving its Panasonic unit the right to incorporate its IPG into Panasonic digital recording devices and televisions in Europe.
Gemstar-TV Guide now licenses its IPG and technology to Panasonic in three regions: North America, Japan and Europe.
Gemstar-TV Guide's IPG is marketed as TV Guide on Screen in North America, G-Guide in Japan and GUIDE Plus+ in Europe.