Companies Collaborating to Design Apps and Services for Cable Set-Tops, TVs and Other Entertainment Devices
BOSTON, May 21, 2012 (THE CABLE SHOW -- Booth:
(Nasdaq:NUAN) today announced that the two companies are collaborating to
further accelerate voice activated discovery and guidance applications for
cable service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers. Nuance has
licensed and will be integrating Rovi's rich entertainment data with Dragon
TV to provide TV manufacturers and cable service providers the ability to
access the wide variety of Rovi-indexed content for TV shows, movies and
cast and crew details just by speaking. Dragon TV is Nuance's voice and
language understanding platform for set-top boxes and connected TV devices.
Nuance and Rovi are also developing a new application that marries Dragon TV
with Rovi's innovative guide technology. The result is the ability to simply
speak to change the channel, and browse, bookmark and search for content on
both live and On Demand TV programming. For instance, people can say, "Find
comedies with Adam Sandler"; "Show me information on 'The Big Bang Theory,'"
and even "Who plays Chuck on Gossip Girl?" By incorporating Rovi's broad
content and information data in its language models, Dragon TV offers the
industry's most compelling, expansive and ready-to-deploy TV voice platform.
A demonstration of the application will be showcased during The Cable Show
2012 at Rovi's Booth # 1133.
"Consumers love that today's cable services and program guides offer so many
options for shows, movies, content, information widgets and more.
But without an easy way to access and discover that content, today's digital
living room experience is lost," said Michael Thompson, senior vice
president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. "By integrating Rovi's data as
part of our Dragon TV platform, people will ultimately be able to lean back
and speak to instantly find and discover the shows and content they want."
"Entertainment options will continue to grow. With it will be the complexity
of finding and deciding what to watch. Consumers want easy to use and simple
ways for discovering entertainment that doesn't require a remote control
with as many keys as a keyboard. Voice brings this capability," said Corey
Ferengul, EVP of Product Management and Strategy at Rovi Corporation. "Our
relationship with Nuance further expands our ability to provide our
customers - service provider and consumer electronics manufacturers - with
an advanced media guide that redefines consumers' discovery and TV viewing
About Nuance Communications
Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and
language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its
technologies, applications and services make the user experience more
compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems.
Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's
proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.
About Rovi Corporation
Rovi Corporation is focused on revolutionizing the digital entertainment
landscape by delivering solutions that enable consumers to intuitively
connect to new entertainment from many sources and locations. The company
also provides extensive entertainment discovery solutions for television,
movies, music and photos to its customers in the consumer electronics, cable
and satellite, entertainment and online distribution markets. These
solutions, complemented by industry leading entertainment data, create the
connections between people and technology, and enable them to discover and
manage entertainment in an enjoyable form.
Rovi holds over 5,100 issued or pending patents worldwide and is
headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with numerous offices across the
United States and around the world including Japan, China, Luxembourg, and
the United Kingdom. More information about Rovi can be found at