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Rovi Rolls Upgraded i-Guide

Rovi has introduced i-Guide HD R32, a high-definition version of its set-top guide with a refreshed user interface.

Rovi said Click! Network, a competitive cable provider run by Tacoma Power in Washington, is the first operator to deploy the new version of i-Guide.

In addition to the HD spruce up, the new guide also adds features such as “HD Auto-Tune (automatically tunes from a channel’s standard-def feed to the HD version) and a refreshed TV listings grid.

Rovi, which is in the process of acquiring TiVo for $1.1 billion, said i-Guide HD R32 is available for MSOs with Arris set-top boxes in North America, and expects that operators with Pace boxes (Arris acquired Pace in January) will have access to it later this year.

“We are dedicated to serving our customers, especially as they develop next-generation guides and introduce advanced entertainment services,” Michael Hawkey, senior vice president and general manager of the discovery business group at Rovi, said in a statement. “i-Guide demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our customers in the face of rapid technology developments and subscriber demands. Our customers are gaining a competitive edge by providing new and user-friendly experiences for entertainment discovery.”