TV Voice Search is in the ‘Alta Vista” Era: Rovi’s Gill

LOS ANGELES — Nowadays, some TVs let viewers search for internet video content with their voice. But the experience can be underwhelming once users realize the vocal hoops they must jump through to meet their device’s exacting speech standards. “We think of the analogy as almost like (the search engine) Alta Vista back in the […]


Rovi Upgrades Legacy Devices With Digital Guides

LOS ANGELES — Online video technology vendor Rovi recently signed a deal to bring internet-connected on-screen program guides to non-connected TVs. The deal will see internet TV box makers Entone and Evolution Digital take on Rovi’s connected guies in their intermediary connected TV boxes, which enable TVs with connected features. “You’ve got a legacy infrastructure […]


Rovi’s DTA Guide Gives Cable Customers A Taste Of Digital

LOS ANGELES — Subscribers to smaller US cable TV services may now get some of the basic interactive features of modern digital TV platforms, after TV tech firm Rovi signed a deal with the NCTC, a cooperative of nearly 1,000 cable operators. The deal sees Rovi’s DTA Guide, an electronic program guide software, get added […]


CNNx Frees Viewers From Broadcast’s Grip: CNN’s Persaud

LOS ANGELES — CNN is seeking advertisers to buy slots in its recently-announced next-generation news platform, CNNx. The news broadcaster announced the product in April, including live-updating contextual information around real-time shows and scroll-back access to previously-aired stories. “You’re no longer at the mercy of the broadcast,” says Rajin Persaud, VP of next-gen business at the […]