Digeo Clears a Big Legal Hurdle
On Monday, Digeo said it signed a multiyear patent license agreement with Gemstar-TV Guide, which is in the process of being acquired by Macrovision Solutions Corp. . (See Macrovision to Buy Gemstar-TV Guide for $2.8B.)
Digeo and Gemstar did not disclose the financial terms of the deal, but the parties did agree to dismiss all claims tied to a 2006 lawsuit in which Gemstar accused Digeo of infringing on some of patents.
The new license covers Digeo's currently deployed IPGs (interactive programming guides) and others that Digeo plans to deploy with TV service operators and for use on consumer electronics and PC-based platforms, the companies said.
Digeo, backed by Paul Allen, laid off about half its staff and altered its product strategy in January following the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. (See Moxi Maker Digeo Slashes Staff, Product Line .)
Though Digeo promoted two high-end DVR products in January, it quickly changed strategies and now says it is focused on a "next-generation consumer" box, with more details expected later this year.
The company has touted deployments with eight cable MSOs, with Charter Communications Inc. being the largest, but the vendor has lacked a viable cable set-top platform since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate on integrated security went into effect last July. (See Countdown to 'Seven-Oh-Seven'.)
The company is also working on a CableCARD-based, cost-reduced HD-DVR for direct distribution through cable MSOs, but has not disclosed an expected product release date. However, next month's Cable Show in New Orleans (May 18-20) will give Digeo its first high-profile opportunity to make a formal announcement. [Ed. note: Or just make stuff up.]
A Digeo spokeswoman confirmed that the company will participate in next month's cable confab, but declined to provide any additional data on Digeo's cable product roadmap.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News