TiVo Extends License Deals With Vodafone, Sharp Corp.

TiVo continues to expand its digital content distribution, search functionality and other home entertainment technology with separate license software renewals with South Korea’s Sharp Corp. and U.K.’s Vodafone. Sharp will utilize TiVo’s G-Guide products, including G-Guide HTML, G-Guide xD and remote schedule recording service across compatible television and Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc recorder products in the Japanese market, including the latest AQUOS 8K UHD series televisions.

Vodafone, with more than 300 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband subs and more than 22 million TV customers, will have greater access to a range of TiVo products, including content discovery, voice-activated functionality and data analytics. The new agreement also provides access to TiVo’s myriad patented innovations.

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TiVo’s software touch practically every aspect of consumers’ day-to-day interaction with their home entertainment, enabling consumer electronics clients to build customized, next-generation digital entertainment solutions for users around the globe.

“This expanded agreement with Vodafone reinforces the value that TiVo’s innovative technology portfolio brings to the telecommunications industry,” Matt Milne, chief revenue officer at TiVo parent Xperi, said in a statement. “With this extension of TiVo’s services, Vodafone is maintaining its service offerings and keeping audiences engaged in the hugely competitive entertainment landscape.”

Milne said “Today’s renewal with Sharp Corporation underlines TiVo’s commitment to the Japanese market, where G-Guide continues to be the leading entertainment discovery solution.

“Our continuous dedication to innovation allows companies like Sharp to stay ahead, and viewers to find, watch and enjoy the entertainment they love.”

TiVo, Sharp Re-up for 4K TVs, UHD Blu-ray Disc Recorders in Japan

TiVo March 6 said it renewed a license agreement with Sharp Corporation, granting the Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer rights to its G-Guide HTML technology across Sharp’s 4K smart TVs and Ultra HD Blu-ray recorders in Japan. TiVo is also making available the G-Guide xD app and remote schedule recording service for Sharp’s Blu-ray devices.

Additionally, Sharp signed an expanded multi-year license to TiVo’s patent portfolios, enabling it to build customizable content discovery services across its devices.

Sharp, along with Pioneer Corp. and Sony, helped launch the Blu-ray optical disc format in 2004. In 2014, Sharp bowed a Ultra HD 4K TV recorder.

“Today’s renewal … is a testament to TiVo’s customer commitment to their current and future business goals through our technological innovations and the importance of search and discovery for entertainment lovers around the world,” Michael Hawkey, SVP and GM, user experience at TiVo, said in a statement. “TiVo continues to meet the needs of customers worldwide and is recognized for delivering visually-rich, interactive program guides across devices and platforms that feature streamlined user interfaces and search capabilities.”