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Canadian Cabler Launches Rovi TV Remotes

2 Apr, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey, Erik Gruenwedel

Canadian cable operator Cogeco April 2 launched two new apps created by Rovi Corp. that allow subscribers to access TV schedules on their set-top personal video recorder devices from Web-enabled devices.

The apps are supported by Rovi Corp., making Cogeco the first multichannel video program distributor to deploy Rovi’s Web-based user interfaces for the TV. Subscribers use the apps to browse the TV listings, explore programs, find what to watch and remotely schedule recordings for viewing at a later time and date.

Rovi TotalGuide xD is an iPad app available on the iTunes App Store free to Cogeco customers. The Cogeco Remote Recorder is a Web-based app enabling remote recording directly from the Cogeco scheduled TV listings on its website. Both apps require the user to authenticate their access to the Cogeco service to connect with their PVR.

The apps are developed from Rovi's family of interactive guides that combines TV listings with enhanced data, images and multimedia. Rovi media guides enable consumers to see what's on, find the programs and information they want, and uncover new, related shows and content. Cogeco and Rovi have been working together over the past several months to integrate and test both apps on the Cogeco platform.

"People are using tablets every day to enjoy entertainment and browse the Internet," said Ron Perrotta, VP marketing and strategic planning at Cogeco. "Our subscribers are going to appreciate the convenience of using their portable tablets and enjoy the new sleek, graphically rich design of the Cogeco Cable portal, as they engage in a fuller and more satisfying entertainment experience."


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