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Macrovision and tvCompass Announce Licensing and Branding Agreement

Agreement Puts a New Interactive TV Guide-branded Experience in the Hands of Consumers

Company Release - 5/18/2008 8:00 AM ET


Macrovision Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:MVSND) and tvCompass, a provider of digital media solutions for the broadband home, today announced they have entered into a patent license agreement supporting tvCompass's Wi-Fi handheld devices and its click365(SM) wireless content network. The multi-year agreement includes a license under Macrovision(R)'s interactive program guide (IPG) patent portfolio and also allows tvCompass's click365 content network to integrate Macrovision's TV listing data and provide tvCompass with the ability to use the popular TV Guide brand on its IPG application.

"Through our second screen solution, tvCompass's goal is to offer consumers a great new way to control their home theater equipment and deliver wireless internet into the palm of their hands - enhancing their overall TV entertainment experience," stated Edward J. Zylka, CEO of tvCompass Inc. "We are very pleased to be working with Macrovision to enable one-touch access to television listings, sports content and more. Macrovision solutions provide our customers with the flexibility to create elegant new products and services for digital home entertainment, providing consumers exciting new ways to discover, acquire, manage and enjoy their digital entertainment content."

The first tvCompass product targeted for licensing is expected to be an internet-connected Wi-Fi device that combines advanced home theater control and one-touch real-time access to sports, standings, team information and news.

"Macrovision is a leader of TV listings and IPG technology, and the agreement with tvCompass will provide consumers with the quality digital entertainment experience they seek," said Steve Shannon, executive vice president, product management, Macrovision. "Our agreement with tvCompass is a demonstration of our commitment to innovation and technologies that meet the demands of our diverse customers."

About tvCompass

tvCompass Inc. offers a white label service and technology platform for branding by consumer electronic product companies, satellite, cable and IPTV operators, content distributors and OEMs. Through its click365(SM) interactive wireless content network, users can access an electronic program guides TV listing service, Internet content and other interactive applications. The company's second product is a Wi-Fi/internet connected digital media remote control device with QVGA LCD display, wireless content capabilities and TV control function. Based in Chicago, IL, tvCompass is privately held and maintains a strong patent portfolio.

About Macrovision Solutions Corporation

Macrovision Solutions enables the digital home entertainment experience by allowing businesses to protect, enhance and distribute digital goods to consumers across multiple channels. The Macrovision Solutions technologies are deployed by companies in the entertainment, consumer electronics, cable and satellite, and online distribution markets to solve industry-specific challenges and bring greater value to their customers. The result of deploying Macrovision's solutions is a simple end user experience to discover, acquire, manage and enjoy digital content. Today, the company provides connected middleware, metadata on music, games, movies and television programming, media recognition, interactive programming guides as well as operating entertainment portals and and copyright protection. Macrovision Solutions holds over 3500 issued or pending patents and patent applications worldwide. Macrovision Solutions is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with approximately 13 offices across the United States and around the world. More information about Macrovision Solutions can be found at

Trademark statement

(C)Macrovision 2008. Macrovision is a registered trademark of Macrovision Solutions Corporation. All other brands and product names and trademarks are the registered property of their respective companies.

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Source: Macrovision Solutions Corporation

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