Rovi paid just $12 million for Fan TV, the TV discovery startup previously known as Fanhattan, according to a FCC filing (hat tip to Multichannel News). Fan TV introduced its own set-top box for TV Everywhere services in early 2013, but had troubles to strike partnerships with pay TV operators to actually bring it to market. Earlier this month, Rovi announced that it was acquiring Fan TV for an undisclosed amount, with plans to keep the company up and running, but possibly white-label some of its products down the line. Fan TV raised around $40 million over the years.
Fan TV wanted to replace the cable box with its own device, but it needed the help from cable operators for that. Now it sold to Rovi, which may white-label Fan TV’s technology.
Media data specialist Rovi (S ROVI) is acquiring Andover, Mass.-based semantic technologies startup Veveo for $62 million in cash, with an option to pay an additional $7 million down the line if certain milestones are met, Rovi announced after the close of the markets Monday. Rovi is best known for its TV guides and entertainment data services, which the company supplies to Dish, (S DISH) Charter, Microsoft (S MSFT) and others. The Veveo acquisition could help to make these guides more accessible, thanks to semantic search and natural-language recognition developed by the startup. For more on how data transforms media, also check out our Structure Data conference in New York next month.
Rovi Corp’s moves to make money off its patents related to online TV guides are starting to look like an industry-wide campaign. In January,…
Rovi is taking Hulu to court over program guide patents that the streaming site is allegedly infringing against. The suit was filed the same week that Fox announced it is putting up a pay wall around broadcast TV content that used to be free online.
Can’t remember when your favorite shows are on? Don’t know when Hulu will out up the next episode? Then you’re the right target audience for Yidio’s new alerts, which can be customized to ping you via Facebook, Twitter or email every time content becomes available.
A new site called Matcha.tv is trying to bring users the best movie and TV recommendations across a number of online video services, leveraging their interests and social graph to surface streaming videos that they might be interested in.
The UK’s Court of Appeal has upheld a decision that strips TV EPG maker Gemstar, now part of Rovi, of three patents.
Rovi Corp., best known for being a behind-the-scenes force in everything from metadata to copyright protection, announced a few moves Tuesda…
Sidereel has been scooped up by Rovi for an undisclosed amount, and Rovi is also launching a new consumer-facing website for media recommendations. However, the real end game seems to be bringing all of this web content to the next generation of connected devices.