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Rovi and Nuance to Advance Voice Activated Guidance and Content Discovery

Companies Collaborating to Design Apps and Services for Cable Set-Tops, TVs and Other Entertainment Devices

Company Release - 5/21/2012 8:30 AM ET

BOSTON, May 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (THE CABLE SHOW – Booth: 1133) -- Rovi Corporation (Nasdaq:ROVI) and Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:NUAN) today announced that the two companies are collaborating to further accelerate voice activated discovery and guidance applications for cable service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers. Nuance has licensed and will be integrating Rovi's rich entertainment data with Dragon TV to provide TV manufacturers and cable service providers the ability to access the wide variety of Rovi-indexed content for TV shows, movies and cast and crew details just by speaking. Dragon TV is Nuance's voice and language understanding platform for set-top boxes and connected TV devices.

Nuance and Rovi are also developing a new application that marries Dragon TV with Rovi's innovative guide technology. The result is the ability to simply speak to change the channel, and browse, bookmark and search for content on both live and On Demand TV programming. For instance, people can say, "Find comedies with Adam Sandler"; "Show me information on 'The Big Bang Theory,'" and even "Who plays Chuck on Gossip Girl?" By incorporating Rovi's broad content and information data in its language models, Dragon TV offers the industry's most compelling, expansive and ready-to-deploy TV voice platform.

A demonstration of the application will be showcased during The Cable Show 2012 at Rovi's Booth # 1133.

"Consumers love that today's cable services and program guides offer so many options for shows, movies, content, information widgets and more. But without an easy way to access and discover that content, today's digital living room experience is lost," said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. "By integrating Rovi's data as part of our Dragon TV platform, people will ultimately be able to lean back and speak to instantly find and discover the shows and content they want."  

"Entertainment options will continue to grow. With it will be the complexity of finding and deciding what to watch. Consumers want easy to use and simple ways for discovering entertainment that doesn't require a remote control with as many keys as a keyboard. Voice brings this capability," said Corey Ferengul, EVP of Product Management and Strategy at Rovi Corporation. "Our relationship with Nuance further expands our ability to provide our customers - service provider and consumer electronics manufacturers - with an advanced media guide that redefines consumers' discovery and TV viewing experience."

About Nuance Communications

Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications.  For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

About Rovi Corporation

Rovi Corporation is focused on revolutionizing the digital entertainment landscape by delivering solutions that enable consumers to intuitively connect to new entertainment from many sources and locations. The company also provides extensive entertainment discovery solutions for television, movies, music and photos to its customers in the consumer electronics, cable and satellite, entertainment and online distribution markets. These solutions, complemented by industry leading entertainment data, create the connections between people and technology, and enable them to discover and manage entertainment in an enjoyable form.

Rovi holds over 5,100 issued or pending patents worldwide and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with numerous offices across the United States and around the world including Japan, China, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom. More information about Rovi can be found at http://www.rovicorp.com/.

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Forward Looking Statements

All statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact, including statements that use the words "will" or "is expected to," or similar words that describe the Company's or its management's future plans, objectives, or goals, are "forward-looking statements" and are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results and/or from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors are further addressed in the Company's most recent report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2012 and such other documents as are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time (available at www.sec.gov). The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release, except as required by law.

CONTACT: Linda Quach
         Rovi Corporation
         408-562-8504
         linda.quach@rovicorp.com

         Jeff Seedman
         Finn Partners for Rovi Corporation
         415-249-6763
         jeff@finnpartners.com

         Rebecca Paquette
         Nuance Communications
         781-565-5264
         Rebecca.paquette@nuance.com

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Source: Rovi Corporation; Nuance Communications, Inc.