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Mon, Feb. 1, 8:27 AM
- ROVI is partnering with IP licensing firm Intellectual Ventures - often referred to as a patent troll by its many critics - to provide joint licensing for Rovi and IV's over-the-top (online video) patent portfolios.
- Rovi: "The combined portfolio addresses all aspects of the OTT value chain, including content management and delivery, streaming technologies and consumer-facing features and functionality. Building on Rovi's well-established patent licensing program, the addition of IVs patents significantly expands the breadth and depth of assets licensable to OTT customers." It adds the partnership "more than doubles Rovi's over 5,000 issued patents and pending applications worldwide directed to entertainment and media-related technologies."
- Last July, Rovi fell sharply after OTT patents asserted against Netflix were ruled invalid. At the time, the company said it planned to appeal the invalidity ruling.
Dec. 30, 2015, 10:53 AM
- Canadian cable/satellite provider Shaw (has 2.6M video customers) is the latest company to sign a patent license extension with Rovi (ROVI -0.2%). As with prior agreements, terms are undisclosed.
- The Shaw deal follows ones with AT&T and Sony. Rovi is up 46% since the AT&T deal was announced on Dec. 23.
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Dec. 23, 2015, 9:56 AM
- ROVI is skyrocketing following news it has inked a 7-year renewal and expansion of its AT&T licensing deal. With 12.9M shares (16% of the float) shorted as of Nov. 30, short-covering is likely helping.
- JPMorgan's Sterling Auty has added the program guide/content-protection IP owner to his Focus List. He thinks the AT&T deal increases the odds Comcast and Dish will renew rather than go to court.
Dec. 23, 2015, 9:09 AM
- ROVI's new licensing deal with AT&T both extends existing product agreements, and provides Ma Bell with global access to Rovi's program guide/content discovery patent portfolio. Terms are undisclosed.
- Rovi has jumped to $12.99 premarket. Shares still -42% YTD.
- Last month: Rovi director buys 10K shares
Nov. 23, 2015, 3:05 PM
- Nathaniel Lucas discloses he bought 10K ROVI shares last Thursday at $10.42, bringing his total stake to 35,214.
- The purchase comes less than a month after Rovi plunged in the wake of a Q3 miss blamed on the end of a licensing contract with a consumer electronics OEM.
- Activist Engaged Capital (won two board seats in May)has continued buying Rovi shares since the Q3 report. Following its most recently-disclosed purchase (on Nov. 10), Engaged owned 1.04M shares.
Nov. 9, 2015, 6:40 PM| Nov. 9, 2015, 6:40 PM | 1 Comment
Oct. 29, 2015, 10:07 AM
- On its earnings call (transcript), ROVI attributed its Q3 miss to the end of a licensing contract with an unnamed major consumer electronics manufacturer. The company insists it's "engaged in productive licensing discussions" with the manufacturer, and is on track to have it back under license by year's end.
- Rovi is reiterating full-year guidance for revenue of $500M-$530M and EPS of $1.35-$1.60; consensus is at $513.9M and $1.50. However, the company adds the low end of the revenue guidance range assumes it renews its license with the consumer electronics manufacturer. "To reach the midpoint or upper end of this range we must close one or more of the licensing deals we mentioned last quarter that we are currently actively negotiating."
- Separately, Variety reports Rovi's Fan TV content-discovery app/video search engine unit has discontinued its Fan TV set-top, originally launched in 2013. “We’ll be transitioning folks to our recently launched Android TV app over the next four weeks," says Fan TV founder Gilles BianRosa.
- Rovi has tumbled to fresh multi-year lows.
- Q3 results, PR
Oct. 28, 2015, 4:22 PM
- Rovi (NASDAQ:ROVI): Q3 EPS of $0.29 misses by $0.07.
- Revenue of $114.88M (-10.7% Y/Y) misses by $11.29M.
Oct. 27, 2015, 5:35 PM
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Oct. 16, 2015, 12:50 PM
- Rovi (ROVI +0.5%) director Glenn Welling discloses he bought 22.3K shares yesterday at $11.14, bringing his total indirect stake to 673.7K. (Source: InsiderInsights.com). Welling is the chief investment officer at activist Engaged Capital, which won two board seats in May.
- The purchase was made more than 50% below where Rovi traded to start the year, and comes ahead of the program guide/IP licensing firm's Oct. 28 Q3 report.
Oct. 13, 2015, 11:03 AM
- Rovi (ROVI +1.7%) has extended its "multi-year, multi-territory" patent licensing deal with European pay-TV provider Sky (has 21M subscribers across 5 countries). The deal covers Rovi's core program guide/content discovery patent portfolio.
- A renewal with Time Warner Cable was announced last month. Q3 results arrive on Oct. 28.
Sep. 15, 2015, 2:06 PM
- Nuance's (NUAN +0.4%) Dragon Drive voice assistant platform will be used to power weather, Web radio, local search, and dictation apps and services in select Mercedes-Benz models starting this month. Additional models will be supported later.
- Nuance's voice recognition software is already integrated within Mercedes-Benz infotainment systems; the new deal adds cloud-based speech and natural language recognition. Other Dragon Drive clients include Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, and Hyundai.
- The news comes a day after Nuance announced a partnership with Rovi (ROVI +0.6%) to integrate its Dragon TV voice recognition platform with Rovi's cloud-based Conversation Services, which enable voice-based content searching and discovery.
Aug. 25, 2015, 9:55 AM
- Believing shares can double or even triple from current beaten-down levels, JPMorgan has upgraded ROVI to Overweight, and set a $23 target.
- The firm adds it expects Rovi, stung this year by Netflix-related legal setbacks, to see positive outcomes for contract renewals with AT&T, Dish, and Comcast.
- Shares remain down 54% YTD. They trade for just ~5x a 2016 EPS consensus of $2.07. Over $700M worth of net debt is on the balance sheet.
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