Rovi licenses content discovery portfolio to Funai

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 30 July 2015

Rovi has renewed its content discovery patent portfolio licence agreement with Funai Electric, covering Japan and Europe.

The cross-regional licences enable Funai to use Rovi's patent portfolio for digital consumer electronics, giving Funai access to a range of Rovi's discovery features like intuitive search and targeted recommendations services.

Funai also now has the right to adopt Rovi's G-Guide HTML in Japan. The G-Guide HTML features advanced online video discovery capabilities, such as search functionality and a browser-based interface, to help drive a robust consumer entertainment experience across Funai's TVs and Blu-ray disc recorder products. The Rovi G-Guide HTML also boasts a TV listing grid designed to showcase images like cast photos and Rovi's "six-degrees" discovery capability to help consumers quickly find relevant content that interests them.

"As one of the global leaders in consumer electronics, our licence renewal and expansion with Funai reinforces Rovi's leadership in bringing innovative entertainment discovery experiences to market," said Samir Armaly, executive vice president of intellectual property and licensing at Rovi. "This collaboration underscores the value of Rovi's patents and product solutions to Funai, including lower development costs and the ability to offer G-Guide's advanced features to its customer base."