Rovi wins deal to power Xbox One TV data

Editor | 15-11-2013

As the Xbox One is set to become one of the Christmas gifts of the year, Rovi has been selected to supply data for the TV electronic programme guide experience, OneGuide on Microsoft's new game platform.

Launching on 22 November as "the complete entertainment system", Xbox One features the ability to browse, search and watch live content available from a range of sources including cable, Internet, and telco TV service providers. Microsoft plans to use TV listings, reviews, programme imagery, celebrity profiles, rich descriptors and other TV show and movie information from Rovi to populate OneGuide and other TV browsing and searching features available on Xbox One.

"OneGuide gives users instant access to all TV shows and movies they love in one place no more switching between devices or TV inputs," explained Martin Sacchi, general manager, content acquisition, media and entertainment group at Xbox. "We're so pleased to work with Rovi, one of the top TV data providers, to power this unique Xbox One experience and bring our vision for the future of the living room to life." The launch is a part of a larger initiative that is planned to include the use of the Rovi Video database for global TV, movie and celebrity metadata on Xbox One in multiple countries.

Rovi's metadata, with descriptive editorial data, images and multimedia, is designed to encourage people to explore and find the show or movie to fit their mood. Rovi Video is a part of Rovi's entertainment data library, currently has descriptive information on approximately five million programmes, 27,000 different sources, and 560,000 movies and films, spanning classics to current box office hits. The database supports a variety of devices and is widely used by entertainment devices, pay-TV services, and other video applications.