January 18, 2018
TiVo Jan. 18 announced an updated patent license agreement with Google that includes the search behemoth’s online television service, YouTube TV.
The deal covers Google’s use of TiVo’s technologies worldwide and offers a license for Google’s products and services across Internet-based platforms and devices.
Launched last spring, You Tube TV offers access to more than 40 pay-TV channels starting at $35 monthly. The app enables subs to watch programing on computers, portable devices and connected LG and Samsung TVs, or televisions employing Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One or Apple Airplay streaming media devices.
TiVo, which helped create the digital video recorder market in the ’90s, licenses software applications that help track user data, remote control functions, program search, channel listings, transactional VOD support and other backend technology.
“The world of video entertainment is expanding with exciting new consumer offerings such as YouTube TV,” said Arvin Patel, EVP and chief intellectual property officer, Rovi Corp., a TiVo company.