CES 2014: LG, Samsung, Google contract Rovi for smart TVs

Editor | 09-01-2014

In the latest of a series of key moves centred around CES 2014, Rovi has revealed wins with three of the biggest names in the TV arena — Samsung, LG Electronics and Google — for use of its entertainment discovery services.

Initially planning to deploy smart products using Rovi Video in Brazil and Russia, LG Electronics is to use Rovi's global database of entertainment data to support the user interface and applications on its devices. Rovi Video encompasses data on over five million TV programmes, half a million movies, a million celebrities, cast and crew bios, photos and content related imagery. Rovi's entertainment metadata is a part of and developed to work cohesively with Rovi's Discovery solutions, a range of capabilities that span from the basic guide to advanced guidance technologies and intelligent search and recommendations services for TVs, set-top boxes, tablets and PCs.

"We've continued to grow our metadata offering to help our customers expand their business and go after new markets," said Chong-ho Choi, vice president of sales at Rovi. "[For LG it] can be applied to various types of devices, including mobile phones and tablets. These devices are becoming an integral part of the home entertainment system and it will be essential to enable cross collaboration between these devices and the TV to create a more holistic entertainment environment. The quality of Rovi data and its standard format can be the foundation for building this experience."

With fellow Korean CE giant Samsung, Rovi has signed a new multi-year patent licence agreement with for the use of its video discovery patents and technologies across the Samsung range of mobile and tablet devices worldwide. Commenting on the deal Samir Armaly, executive vice president, worldwide intellectual property and licensing, at Rovi said: "We have been proudly working with Samsung over the years on advancing the consumer experience. As the company continues to make great consumer electronic devices for the market, we've grown our capabilities to meet their needs ... We're pleased to expand upon our business relationship with Samsung, and we look forward to continuing to work with them on their next innovation."

The multi-year patent licence agreement with Google covers use of Rovi patented video discovery technologies worldwide, offers a broad licence for Google's products and services across Internet-based platforms and devices. "Rovi is continuing to expand its technology and patent portfolio to improve the discovery of entertainment in all different types of environments," added Armaly. "We are happy to work together with Google to move forward and support technology advancements that further consumers' ability to find and enjoy content on the device of their choice."