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Furthering its reach of discovery and recommendation technology in mainstream CE, Rovi has entered into an entertainment discovery patent licence agreement with LG U+.

A South Korean cellular carrier, LG U+, is owned by the LG Group, Korea's fourth largest conglomerate and parent company of the consumer electronics giant. This licence agreement provides LG U+ with access to Rovi’s patent portfolio.

LG U+ provides real-time live TV programmes and video-on-demand (VOD) services through high speed Internet and wireless networks in Korea. The company’s smart mobile IPTV service provides two-way services, terrestrial and HD broadcasting in real time, and 130,000 VOD episodes on the back of high speed Internet broadcasting services.

“Our licensing agreement with LG U+ is a testament to the value of Rovi’s intellectual property and the entertainment discovery patent portfolio’s significance for service providers around the world,” said Samir Armaly, EVP, intellectual property and licensing, Rovi. “We are looking forward to working with LG U+ and helping to provide new and innovative ways for viewers to search and find their favourite programming in the Korean market.”

The news comes shortly after Rovi and Intellectual Ventures (IV) announced that they’re collaborating on a unified, comprehensive licensing programme. Rovi will serve as the exclusive partner for IV, licensing the companies’ combined patent portfolio exclusively to OTT customers. This alliance builds a combined and global intellectual property (IP) offering for the discovery and personalisation of digital entertainment.