Rovi to Fade Out OTA Guide Listings

Rovi to Fade Out OTA Guide Listings

Rovi has begun to phase out the TV listings it provides to
consumer DVRs and other devices. Rovi said its broadcast
agreements with CBS and National Data Inc (NDI) are ending.
NDI is a for-profit subsidiary of PBS. Rovi delivers TV
listing information through OTA broadcasts to legacy devices
for on-screen TV guides, including analog TVs, digital TVs,
and DVRs. “Rovi has relied on over-the-air traditional
broadcast data service providers to deliver the data broadcast
service,” Rovi’s Linda Quach told Multichannel News. “The
agreements with these service providers are in the process of
ending.” Rovi has discontinued the service in 20% of the North
American market so far, and will shut the service down
completely by spring 2013.

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