Rovi Confirms DigiForge Acquisition

Rovi, a provider of digital entertainment technologies and services, confirmed that it acquired certain assets of digital TV engineering services firm DigiForge, as previously reported by Multichannel News.

The terms of the transaction, which officially closed June 1, were not disclosed. All of Wheat Ridge, Colo.-based DigiForge's approximately 45 employees have joined Rovi, according to a Rovi spokeswoman.

"Rovi will now have the support of DigiForge's expertise in systems architecture, embedded systems development, end-to-end system integration and testing, helping Rovi address the expanding needs of MSOs deploying new capabilities to the market," Rovi said in a statment.

A message on DigiForge's website says "DigiForge, LLC. is now a part of Rovi" and directs visitors to "contact your sales representative" or visit for more information.

DigiForge had previously won a contract from Rovi to support cable operators using the i-Guide IPG. In acquiring DigiForge, Rovi was looking to bulk up its services capabilities in the cable space, particularly after it exited the GuideWorks joint venture with Comcast in March 2010, according to industry sources.

DigiForge also has done work for clients including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, CableLabs and TiVo. The company described itself as a provider of design, development, integration, test and deployment services to the digital television industry.

Rovi had been talking to several small service companies about an acquisition in the past two years, according to the sources.