Macrovision’s Passport IPG Solutions Continue Growth Momentum in Latin America and Caribbean
Macrovision Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:MVSN) today announced that cable system operators in Central America, the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and Jamaica will deploy Macrovision’s Passport(R) Interactive Program Guide (IPG) products to their cable customers. Continental Programming Services Limited, a subsidiary of Millicom; Innovative Cable TV St. Thomas – St. John and Innovative Cable TV St. Croix; and Logic One Ltd. have all signed multi-year agreements with Macrovision for its Passport IPG solutions. With this new technology, the cable operators can now provide customizable, feature-rich program guides that enhance the TV viewing experience for their audiences.
Today, consumers have a host of options available such as digital video recording (DVR) capabilities and on demand features that make the television viewing experience truly interactive. Macrovision’s Passport product line includes Passport Echo(TM) DVR and ShowRunner video on demand (VOD) applications that are designed to help cable operators drive increased subscribership through value-added services. These services enable viewers to control live television with pause, rewind and fast-forward functionality; utilize one-touch recording features; fine tune their recording options; and scan VOD menus via an intuitive interface.
“Our customers’ satisfaction with their service offerings is extremely important to us,” said Jennifer Matarangas-King, president of Innovative Cable TV, a cable system operator in St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas. “We’ve selected Macrovision because its Passport solutions give us the flexibility to make available a variety of feature-rich applications that enrich the viewing experience for our customers.”
“We’re committed to providing our subscribers with state-of-the-art technology for their viewing enjoyment,” said Paula Francis, general manager, Logic One of Jamaica. “Passport products have a comprehensive set of features that facilitate ease of use when navigating content and simplify program recording and management.”
“Our recent Passport wins in Central America and the Caribbean show the strength of our products and underscore Macrovision’s commitment to deliver enabling technology to our customers for a uniquely simple home entertainment experience,” said Tom Carson, executive vice president of worldwide sales and services at Macrovision. “The momentum we’ve seen in the Latin America and Caribbean markets is testament to our technology’s value-add for cable system operators.”
In September of this year, Macrovision announced Passport agreements with multiple Latin America cable system operators: Claro Guatemala, Claro El Salvador, Claro Nicaragua and Claro Honduras – all companies of America Movil, Cablevision S.A. Argentina, Telecentro Argentina and Videomar Brazil.
The Passport product line is being used by cable system operators around the world, increasing their business opportunities and enhancing their viewers’ satisfaction with their cable services. The Passport line includes:
— Passport DCT(TM), Macrovision’s IPG solution for Motorola’s DCT series of set-tops;
— Passport Echo(TM), an application suite of high resolution graphics and intuitive interface designed specifically for HD/DVR set-tops;
— Application options such as PassTime(TM) Games and PassTime(TM) Puzzlers;
— QuickMenu(TM), a configurable menu allows viewers to launch cable TV services with a few remote clicks and
— An Interactive Video Mosaic application that enables viewers to watch multiple scaled video streams on a single channel and launch services by high-lighting and selecting channels.
Continental Programming will deploy Passport IPG products in Amnet cable systems in El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica. The Passport DCT and Passport Echo products support Latin America markets with Spanish subtitles, Latin American parental control ratings and the ability to pre-stage set-tops with a Spanish IPG language setting.
Innovative Cable TV St. Thomas – St. John and Innovative Cable TV St. Croix, and Logic One have launched Passport DCT, Passport Echo, Passport Games, Passport Puzzlers and QuickMenu as a part of their services. Continental Programming has plans to launch these services as well.
About Macrovision Solutions Corporation
Macrovision is focused on providing a uniquely simple digital home entertainment experience by delivering solutions to businesses to protect, enhance and distribute digital goods to consumers across multiple channels. Macrovision’s technologies are deployed by companies in the entertainment, consumer electronics, cable and satellite, and online distribution markets to solve industry-specific challenges and bring greater value and a more robust user experience to their customers. The result of deploying Macrovision’s solutions is a simple end user experience for discovering, acquiring, managing and enjoying digital content. Today, Macrovision provides connected middleware, media recognition, interactive programming guides, copy protection and rich media, data and metadata on music, games, movies and television programming. The company also operates entertainment portals including http://www.tvguide.com and http://www.allmusic.com. Macrovision holds over 4,000 issued or pending patents and patent applications worldwide.
Macrovision is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with numerous offices across the United States and around the world including Japan, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom. More information about Macrovision can be found at www.macrovision.com.
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