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TiVo bags IP deal with Roku, how long until Comcast caves?

It was refreshing to see a TiVo press release come across the Faultline news desk this week which didn’t involve it filing another patent law suit. The newly merged entity of TiVo and Rovi has just signed a multi-year intellectual property (IP) license agreement with US streaming platform Roku – covering Roku streaming players and Roku-powered integrated TVs. Roku will have access to TiVo’s patent portfolios, plus the OTT video delivery patents held by TiVo’s partnership with Intellectual Ventures (IV), and the deal with Roku also includes an option to use TiVo’s entertainment metadata and other products to power its search and navigation services. TiVo now boasts licensing deals with nine of the top ten US MVPDs, including recently penned…

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