Who said the middle wasn’t fun?
 
The once flat TV middleware market that limped through 2010 and 2011 has caught fire, growing 11% in 2012 to reach $1.13 billion in sales. This according to ABI Research, whose new research points to even more significant growth in the market segment related to more advanced formed of video software like guide software, metadata and DVR/VOD tech, which accounted for $890 million of sales, up some 40%.
 
ABI singled out TiVo, Rovi and ActiveVideo as the main beneficiaries. “TiVo has been the most aggressive with multiscreen technology development while Rovi brings together the complex metadata challenge with guide experiences,” said to ABI practice dir Sam Rosen. “ActiveVideo’s technology is very operational in nature, enabling operators to cost-effectively bring their technologies to legacy set-top boxes.”
 
It’s perhaps not surprising that—given TiVo’s recent success wrapping up litigation with Cisco, Motorola/Arris and Time Warner Cable—Rosen sees this trio as acquisition targets. “Now that pricing of the IP portfolio is largely settled, and the market has digested the Arris-Motorola acquisition and pending Ericsson-Mediaroom acquisition, we expect these companies to be the next targets,” continued Rosen.

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