Tribune Media Services has acquired a television interactive programming guide and a patent portfolio related to IPGs and other interactive television services, all from iSurfTV. Financial terms were
not disclosed. Acquiring these assets will enable the Tribune Co. subsidiary to offer an IPG application to the interactive television marketplace. The acquisition complements Tribune Media Services'
current passive electronic programming guide, its monthly and weekly cable, satellite and Sunday newspaper magazine print guides, and its online Zap2it.com consumer entertainment guides and affiliate
sites. "Innovation in the IPG sector is crucial to the development of the digital television market. We're particularly pleased to have acquired this technology because its innovative approach to
graphical information display will enable interactive television providers to give their IPGs a new and more effective appearance," said David D. Williams, president and chief executive officer of
Tribune Media Services.