It’s official: The tech and software company Rovi is acquiring TiVo for about $1.1 billion in cash and stock. Rovi CEO Tom Carson will helm the new company – though “Rovi CEO” won’t be his job title much longer, as the new company will simply be called TiVo. Rovi, a sometimes-litigious patent giant that makes more money from intellectual property than any other area of its business, likely saw a kindred spirit in TiVo, which owns many royalty-producing patents related to its DVR technology. The combined company will own over 6,000 patents total. Something else that the Rovi likely found appealing: In recent years, the TiVo Research unit has become a formidable research apparatus, and built up a trove of valuable analytics data related to TV viewership.
Showtime issued a statement responding to complaints that Sacha Baron Cohen posed as a disabled veteran to dupe interviewees on new comedy Who Is America?. “Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that,” said Showtime. “In Sunday’s episode, during […]
Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) inked a new three-year deal with Sony Pictures Television, his home for eleven years, that calls for him to continue as EP/showrunner on Better Call Saul with Peter Gould, as well as develop new projects via his High Bridge Productions. “Vince is a cornerstone of the success of Sony Pictures Television […]
With the World Cup generating $269 million in estimated ad revenue for in game advertising alone, the tournament accounted for 6.04 billion TV ad impressions on 8,576 ad airings across six networks, according to iSpot.tv (TV ad analytics) & Canvs (emotion measurement). Overall, Volkswagen topped estimated spend for the tournament with $22.79 million, followed by […]
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee locked in Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis to host the 2023-2026 Final Fours. The announcement wrapped up a year-long process that included seven finalist cities that also included Detroit, Los Angeles and North Texas.
President Trump has granted a follow-up White House interview to CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor, slated for Wednesday, July 18. Glor talked to POTUS in Scotland, ahead of Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladmir Putin.