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Gemstar-TV Guide Licenses EPG to BSkyB

Gemstar-TV Guide International said Tuesday that it signed a multiyear patent-license agreement with British Sky Broadcasting Group that lets the direct-broadcast satellite operator use Gemstar's electronic program guides in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Gemstar-TV Guide said the deal is its first patent license with a European television-platform operator. Financial terms and other details of the agreement were not disclosed.