Rogers Communications Invests in Interactive TV, Launches App
Canadian telcom Rogers Communications has invested $2.5
million in TV Interactive Systems, an automatic content
recognition (ACR) service provider. Telco veteran Michael
Collette will take over at the company as CEO and re-launch as
Cognitive Networks. “It’s rare to find a tech company making
such great strides in the marketplace at such an early stage,”
said Rogers Venture Partners managing partner Michael Lee.
Rogers is not a client of Cognitive Networks.
Rogers also launched a second screen app for its video
service. The app, called Anyplace TV, enables a connected
device to function as a remote control, navigate and search,
program the DVR and stream live video. The app is currently
available for iOS devices, and Rogers said an Android version
would be released in a few weeks.