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TiVo Gets Overseas Rights to Gemstar-TV Guide Patents

TiVo and Gemstar-TV Guide International entered into a new patent-licensing agreement, giving TiVo rights to Gemstar-TV Guide's interactive program guide patents for retail products and certain service provider deployments in international markets.


Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


The deal expands on an existing relationship between the companies, which previously included a patent license from Gemstar–TV Guide for TiVo’s retail distribution and service provider deployments in North America. 


“International interest in TiVo is at an all-time high as retailers and service providers globally seek to deliver the TiVo service as a way to differentiate their video products,” said Joshua Danovitz, TiVo's vice president and general manager for international. “Through this arrangement with Gemstar-TV Guide we have made deployment of TiVo even more seamless for our growing portfolio of international partners.”


TiVo has distribution deals outside the United States in Australia, Mexico, Canada and Taiwan.