The companies announced a multiyear licensing deal for North America. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, nor was a launch date. Gemstar will receive licensing fees based on the number of sets sold that include its technology. The guide allows television owners to view an electronic version of a show guide. Consumers won't have to subscribe to a service to view the guide.
The guide is meant to be used with, which eliminate set top boxes. The inclusion of the guide in cable card-ready televisions is another carrot for consumers to encourage them to buy digital televisions.
The Federal Communications Commission, manufacturers, broadcasters and television networks have been working tofrom over-the-air television to digital television.
The deal adds to a number of agreements Gemstar recently struck with other electronics makers. Last week, the company expanded deals with Sony and Matsushita Electric Industrial.