Rovi to Launch HTML 5 Electronic Program Guide for J:COM

Rovi has announced that Rovi’s G-Guide HTML is planned to be launched on the new set-top box, “Smart J:COM Box,” developed by the largest cable television operator in Japan, Jupiter Telecommunications. Anticipated to be available in February, this is the first deployment of G-Guide based on HTML. The new G-Guide features advanced discovery capabilities such as rich metadata, search function, and a browser-based interface to help drive a robust consumer entertainment experience across J:COM’s cable television services via the Smart J:COM Box. The set-top box can also work with tablets via J:COM’s application, “Xvie Remote” that is powered by G-Guide xD.

Rovi’s G-Guide HTML harnesses Rovi’s metadata and works with Rovi Cloud Services. For J:COM subscribers, G-Guide HTML features a sleek TV listing grid designed to showcase rich images including cast and crew pictures; and Rovi’s “six-degrees” discovery capability to help J:COM subscribers quickly find relevant content that interests them from more than 75 J:COM cable TV channels.

“As we looked at launching our new set-top box that delivers enjoyment of cable television service, it was a natural fit to expand our relationship with Rovi to help us advance the guide experience to a new level of enjoyment and personalization,” said Kazumasa Watanabe, GM, Service Planning Div., CATV Business Unit, J:COM. “Rovi’s G-Guide HTML provides integrated search, recommendations and cast metadata that not only makes it easier than ever for our customers to find programs, but also delivers “enjoyment of discovery” that enables them to connect with new programs.”

“Our collaboration with an industry leader like J:COM highlights our innovative offerings and our ability to help customers quickly and easily implement an optimal discovery experience across the TV and tablet,” said Chong-Ho Choi, Head of Product Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific at Rovi. “As cable and Internet-based services converge, Rovi’s G-Guide HTML provides the scalability and flexibility needed to deploy new features or enhancements seamlessly and cost-effectively via the cloud.”

DTG Staff  |  03.02.2014

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