Xperi’s Rovi is targeting Canadian operator Videotron and its Internet TV platform Helix in a new patent infringement action.
The new action in the Federal Court of Canada includes four of Rovi’s patents relating to advanced DVR functionality, delivering video programming in multiple formats, and switching between broadcast and streaming channels.
“We have successfully licensed the other leading operators that use the very same technology that powers Videotron’s Helix platform and remain committed to finding a mutually acceptable resolution,” said Samir Armaly, president, IP licensing of Xperi. “While we remain very confident in our ability to achieve a positive outcome, when commercial negotiations prove unsuccessful, as they have to date with Videotron, litigation becomes necessary to protect our valuable intellectual property.”
Rovi already has action pending against Videotron relating to Helix’s predecessor.
Meanwhile, Rovi’s parent Xperi says it has this year “successfully renewed and extended” its patent license agreement with one of the leading Canadian pay-TV operators.