Gemstar Signs Hitachi

Los Angeles-bsaed Gemstar-TV Guide International and the Home Electronics Division of Hitachi America announced that Hitachi has signed a multi-year licensing agreement to TV Guide's interactive program guides. Hitachi will incorporate TV Guide's program guide technology into Hitachi digital televisions in North America. The agreement calls for a per-unit license fee paid by Hitachi. Gemstar holds key patents in the area of interactive program guides, and has agreements with most major manufacturers of televisions and set top boxes.