BERLIN, Sept. 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IFA -- Rovi Corporation (Nasdaq:ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that it plans to broaden its comprehensive database of entertainment information to include data on television programs, movies, and celebrities for Portugal and Russia. Used in leading consumer devices, popular applications, pay-TV services and websites today, Rovi's global entertainment database provides a consistent, high-quality standard set of information that companies rely upon to populate their offering with entertainment data to create a more compelling and intuitive discovery experience for consumers. In addition to the planned expansion in Europe, Rovi has added Brazil to its roster of television data coverage of more than 30 different countries worldwide. The new content reinforces Rovi's global data strength, with coverage on over four million TV shows, 550,000 movie titles, more than a million celebrities' profiles and a large library of images that dramatically enhances the visual experience, enabling services to build a more eye-catching, engaging and enjoyable interface for discovering content. Rovi's breadth of data provides global device manufacturers with the ability to more easily localize consumer electronics, mobile and web products, without having to fully customize an individual offering for each local market. "Across the world, entertainment is turning digital. In order for entertainment device makers, applications and services to expand their footprint and offer a unique, personal experience for the local market, they need in-country, multi-language, quality data that is easy to integrate and deploy globally," said John Moakley, EVP of Data Solutions Group for Rovi. "Rovi is working to pave the way for its customers to enter Brazil, Portugal and Russia by providing the foundational piece on which they can build their digital offerings." According to Digital TV Research, the number of global digital TV homes will double between 2011 and 2017 to more than 1.3 billion. The analyst firm estimates that global penetration of digital TV will climb to 86.7% by 2017, with Russia expected to add more than 26 million digital homes between 2012 and 2017. Both Brazil and Russia are expected to be among the top ten countries by number of IPTV households and revenue at the end of 2017.
With this growth, global data solutions will play an essential role in helping companies capture this increasing market demand for a personal, engaging and high quality discovery experience. Rovi's data expansion strategy will include multiple layers of content for each country in its plans. In Portugal, Rovi plans to cover 95% of the television programming available to the 3.5 million households in the country, 60 sources, hundreds of movies as well as profiles on popular local celebrities. For Brazil, Rovi offers schedule and program information for TV programs airing on 184 local Brazilian sources, thousands of profiles in Portuguese on some of Brazil's most popular local and international celebrities, and reviews of most popular movies. Rovi coverage in Russia is expected to include schedule and program information and profiles in Russian on some popular local and global celebrities.About Rovi Corporation Rovi powers the discovery, delivery, display and monetization of digital entertainment. With innovative technology solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers, service providers, content producers, advertisers, retailers and websites, Rovi connects people and the entertainment they love. The company holds approximately 5,200 issued or pending patents worldwide and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. More information about Rovi can be found at rovicorp.com. The Rovi Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6482 Forward Looking Statements All statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact, including statements that use the words "will" or "is expected to," or similar words that describe the Company's or its management's future plans, objectives, or goals, are "forward-looking statements" and are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results and/or from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors are further addressed in the Company's most recent report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2012 and such other documents as are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time (available at www.sec.gov). The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release, except as required by law.
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