Click through a TV guide on the television or look up a movie online, and there's a good chance that the information you see was made possible by Rovi Corp.
The Santa Clara, Calif., company has a hefty trove of more than 5,000 current or pending patents that cover a wide span of entertainment technology.
Those include patents that help users navigate and find content on TV and give recommendations on what to watch.
The company also has databases of in-depth information on movies, TV shows, music and books. The technology enables viewers to find movies in which a particular actor has appeared, for example, or a television show's theme music.
Rovi's technology can be...