Gemstar Signs Samsung

Los Angeles-based Gemstar-TV Guide International has signed a new licensee for its electronic viewing guides, saying today that Samsung Electronics will license its VCR Plus+ and interactive program guides for us in Samsung's digital televisions, digital recording devices, and VCRs. Gemstar said that the agreement renews a previous agreement with Samsung. Gemstar holds patents covering its VCR Plus system for setting up VCR recording times, along with patents around interactive programming guides, and has licensed that technology to a large number of electronics manufacturers.