Charter's Expanded Rovi Deal Covers Patents, TotalGuide

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Charter Communications inked a multiyear deal with Rovi, under which the MSO licensed the vendor's interactive program guide patents and has the right to distribute Rovi's next-generation TotalGuide as well as a DVR scheduling app for i-Guide and Passport IPGs.

The Rovi TotalGuide Application for Set-Top Boxes, launched last month at the 2011 Cable Show, provides advanced search, discovery and recommendations on set-top boxes already deployed today. The separate Rovi TotalGuide xD application can extend and connect video services to tablets, smartphones and PCs.

Currently, Charter has no specific plans to launch TotalGuide, spokeswoman Anita Lamont said.

The MSO's license to the Rovi Remote Record Scheduling Application for i-Guide and Passport Guide will let Charter introduce the capability to let subscribers program their DVRs over the Web.

"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," Charter senior vice president of product and strategy Richard DiGeronimo said in a statement.