Gemstar, Thomson pact on TV tech

Interactivity to be integrated with RCA electronics

Program guide purveyor Gemstar-TV Guide Intl. is slowly digging out of its legal and financial hole.

The company on Friday announced that it has reached a long-term licensing deal with TV-set maker Thomson to incorporate its interactive program-guide technology into the company’s RCA-branded units, digital recording devices and other Thomson-made consumer electronic devices.

Settling accounts

Deal, which includes a patent license to continue incorporating Gemstar tech into Thomson’s sat dish receivers in North America, resolves a legal dispute between the companies.

The Thomson deal came only days after Gemstar settled another long-running dispute with personal video recorder-maker TiVo.

Company is working hard to restore investor confidence in the wake of Securities & Exchange Commission accounting investigations, patent disputes and an ugly divorce case with former CEO-founder Henry Yuen.

Unit by unit

Thomson reportedly will pay Gemstar based on the number of units sold, with no minimum obligations.

In the TiVo deal, TV Guide-branded listings will appear on the main TiVo screen.

Clearly relieved by the positive news and end of litigation, investors sent Gemstar stock up 10.5% on Friday to close at $5.48.