Cox to support TiVo DVRs – including VOD
Cox Communications will offer TiVo Premiere with integrated with its On Demand service.
Separately, Cox said it is delivering DOCSIS 3.0-based, 50 Mbps broadband in Connecticut.
Users of the Premiere DVR will have Cox's VOD service integrated along with linear television and broadband content accessible through the DVR.
Cox has agreed to promote TiVo Premiere to its subscribers, support TiVo Premiere as an optional set-top (it will need a CableCard), and provide free installation for TiVo Premiere boxes purchased by subscribers at Best Buy and other retail and online outlets including TiVo's own website.
Cox said it plans to make its video on demand service available on TiVo Premiere boxes to subscribers in all its major markets.
The deal helps TiVo sustain its recent roll, in which its been deployed by RCN and Suddenlink. Comcast has allowed that it's considering supporting the TiVo Premiere.
"We recognize that consumers are attracted to a growing range of devices that enable them to access broadband content and interactive capabilities," said Pat Esser, President of Cox Communications. "With TiVo Premiere, Cox is providing consumers even more choice. Our subscribers will not only have access to TiVo's user experience but Cox's robust Advanced TV offering including On Demand service."
Meanwhile, Cox announced the launch of 50 Mbps Internet service to residential and business customers in Connecticut.
The Ultimate Tier also allows for upload speeds of 5 Mbps (up to 55/5 with PowerBoost). Cox is claiming its upload speeds are the fastest available in the market. The standard price for the residential Ultimate Tier is $99.99 per month.
"The technology powering Cox Ultimate Internet - DOCSIS 3.0 - is the pinnacle of internet speed and reliability," said Doreen Studley, vice president of marketing, Cox Communications New England. "The advantages are significant for Connecticut residents and businesses sharing vast amounts of multimedia content everyday."
Cox plans to have DOCSIS 3.0 installed in more than two-thirds of its systems across the country by the end of 2010.