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Cogeco Adds to Rovi's Roster

Having made the headlines recently for its legal battles, TV program guide specialist Rovi Corp. now has something more productive to talk about -- a new cable customer. (See See LG, Rovi Scrap Patent Spat and Rovi & Hulu Make Peace.) Canadian operator Cogeco Cable Inc. has launched an iPad app using Rovi's customizable TotalGuide XD solution. The app, which gives subscribers access to TV listings and program information, marks a first for Rovi as it is the first implementation that enables users to set recordings remotely on their home DVRs. Rovi also announced today that Cogeco has launched a Web-based application called Cogeco Remote Recorder, powered by Rovi TV Listings, which enables subscribers to set recordings via the operator's online TV listings guide. (See also Charter Licenses Rovi's TotalGuide, Rovi Guides Suddenlink, and Huawei Packs on Cable Muscle.) The new deployment comes as competition intensifies for Rovi. Following years of domination in the TV program guide space, it now has competition from in-house developers at some of the largest cable providers and from the likes of TiVo Inc., ActiveVideo Networks Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. (with the acquisition of NDS) and Arris Group Inc. (with the acquisition of Digeo). Rovi's TotalGuide XD deployments to date include Charter Communications Inc., Suddenlink Communications, Buckeye CableSystem and Blue Ridge Networks Inc., among others. — Mari Silbey, Special to Light Reading Cable
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