May 03, 2016

Rovi Acquires TiVo

Press Release from April 29th 2016

  • Two of the industry’s most influential players join forces to transform media and entertainment technology 
  • Best-in-class products and services to capitalize on evolving entertainment marketplace 
  • Combined IP portfolios of over 6,000 issued patents and pending applications $100 million in annual cost synergies – accretive to Rovi’s Non-GAAP EPS within the first 12 months 
  • Adopting “TiVo” as new company name 

Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) and TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) today announced that Rovi will acquire TiVo for $10.70 per share in cash and stock for total consideration of approximately $1.1 billion.
The new company combines two media and entertainment technology innovators with complementary products, services, and intellectual property assets and a common mission to write the next chapter of the consumer entertainment experience.
The company will continue to be led by Tom Carson and upon closing of the transaction will adopt the iconic TiVo brand as the new company name.
“Rovi’s acquisition of TiVo, with its innovative products, talented team, and substantial intellectual property portfolio, strengthens Rovi’s position as a global leader in media discovery, metadata, analytics, and IP licensing,” said Tom Carson, CEO of Rovi. “It’s an exciting time as the media and entertainment landscape undergoes a significant evolution. The combined capabilities of TiVo and Rovi place us in a tremendous position to extend services across platforms and to a customer base that includes traditional, over-the-top and emerging players across the globe. By working together, Rovi and TiVo will revolutionize how consumers experience media and entertainment and at the same time build value for our stockholders.”
“We’re proud of TiVo’s strong innovation history and of the ongoing efforts of our team to provide best-in-class products for our loyal consumer and service provider customers,” said Naveen Chopra, Interim CEO and CFO of TiVo. “This transaction is the culmination of those efforts and the logical next step for TiVo. In joining forces with Rovi, our customers, employees and stockholders will benefit from being part of a more diversified industry leader with significantly greater market opportunities. Our combination creates a more influential global player with a commitment to product innovation, which will be incredibly well positioned to redefine television.”

Full press release here


Simon W said...

At the end of 2015, TiVo had under a million standalone subscribers and fewer that 6 million subscriptions through service providers.

Nearly 3 million of its subscriptions are with Virgin Media in the United Kingdom and Ireland. TiVo boxes account for nearly 80% of the television customer base for Virgin Media, which is owned by Liberty Global.

Significantly, Virgin Media has long rejected attempts by Rovi to licence its claimed intellectual property in relation to programme guides, winning a number of court cases over what it described as “meritless patent claims”.

It will be interesting to see how Virgin Media responds to the new owners of TiVo, particularly since Liberty Global has invested in its own Horizon platform with other operators.

Simon W said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Simon W said...

Wasn't able to add a credit to the earlier post. The quote was from a piece on