TiVo announced today that Canada’s Shaw Communications has signed a multi-year extension for its i-Guide interactive programming guide, was well as expanded access to TiVo’s intellectual property portfolio.
TiVo said that Shaw “will gain broader access to TiVo’s next-generation IP offerings for use across all platforms including BlueSky TV.
“We’re happy to renew our agreements with TiVo, which reinforces our commitment to providing advanced entertainment offerings to our customers across Canada,” said Jay Mehr, president of Shaw Communications, in a statement
Notably, Shaw built its BlueSky TV platform by licensing Comcast’s X1 video system. TiVo, is of course, locked in a sprawling life-or-death patent battle with Comcast, attempting to get the No. 1 U.S. cable company to pay IP licenses for X1.
TiVo didn’t specify which patents Shaw renewed license for—or if any of them are the same as the ones it’s battling Comcast over.
“Extending our agreement with Shaw Communications underscores the benefits of TiVo’s advanced interactive program guide and demonstrates the value of our IP and technology,” said Matt Milne, chief revenue officer for TiVo. “With these offerings, Shaw Communications can continue to deliver captivating entertainment discovery experiences to its customers.”