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Rovi Launches Media Managing Software



Rovi Personal Media Manager interface

By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 29 Mar 2010


Rovi Corp. is hoping both consumers and electronics manufacturers will latch onto its new Personal Media Manager software.

The software was made available March 29, though Rovi has not yet announced any consumer electronics partnerships.

“At the end of the day, it offers a much cleaner experience with your media,” said Ben Tan, director of product management for Rovi. “It’s an easily deployable feature that’s ready to go.”

The software utilizes Rovi’s metadata to automatically recognize and update information for movies and music, and allows users to stream and share music, movies and photos to devices on a home network.

“Consumers today are seeing their digital-media libraries grow considerably as they continue to acquire, create and consume music, videos and photos,” said Corey Ferengul, EVP of product management and marketing for Rovi. “As a result, consumers need an easy way to manage their media collections and drive even more content consumption.  We believe a Rovi solution including Personal Media Manager offers device manufacturers a distinctive capability that they can use to differentiate their offerings.”

Compatible with Windows, Mac and     Linux operating systems, Rovi’s Personal Media Manager can be integrated into networked storage devices, digital media receivers, set-top boxes and online stores and portals.

The software works by identifying albums, songs and movies, and filling in essential data, such as titles, ratings, descriptions, directors, cast members and more. The software includes a Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) player, server and controller to allow for streaming.

Rovi also notes that the software can be configured to work with social networking sites such as Facebook, allowing consumers to share personal photos and home videos.

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