OpenTV sues Netflix in patent row

Editor | 04-10-2013

OpenTV has hit Netflix with legal action alleging that the over-the-top (OTT) leader has infringed its patents.

Taking the action in the District Court of the Hague, Netherlands, the Kudelski Group subsidiary is seeking, among other relief, to enjoin Netflix from further infringement by its recently launched service in the Netherlands.
OpenTV's solutions are designed to enable advanced programme guides, video-on-demand (VOD), personal video recording, interactive and addressable advertising, and a variety of enhanced television applications.
In a statement explaining the action, Joe Chernesky, senior vice president, intellectual property and innovation at Kudelski, said: "The group has invested billions of dollars over the past several decades in innovation and R&D and has successfully brought its technologies to market through advanced solutions, technology transfer and IP licensing ... The group remains committed to protecting its substantial and ongoing investment in innovation for the benefit of the digital video ecosystem."