Gemstar, Alticast Ink IPG Pact


Alticast Corp. can now use Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc.’s interactive-program-guide patents in South Korea under terms of a multiyear patent-license agreement announced Wednesday.

Gemstar-TV Guide currently licenses its own IPG in Japan under the “G-GUIDE” brand, and the Alticast deal will expand its presence to cable, satellite and telco providers in South Korea.

“We are pleased to continue the development of our licensing business outside of North America," Gemstar-TV Guide senior vice president and general manager of advanced TV Todd Walker said in a prepared statement.

“Alticast is not just a leader in the South Korean marketplace, but also a recognized leader in the area of [interactive TV],” he added. “We believe Alticast and its customers in South Korea will benefit by taking advantage of the broad coverage provided by Gemstar-TV Guide's IPG patents.”