TiVo updates iPad app, bows new boxes for ops
TiVo has enhanced its TiVo App for iPad and has rolled out two new boxes for cable operators.
The TiVo App for iPad, launched earlier this year, enables users to search, browse, explore and share their favorite video content without interrupting what's on the TV. Once found, the user "flicks" the selected content from the iPad to their TV screen.
The new version of TiVo's companion iPad application automatically adds the cable operator's VOD library into the search and browse features within the app, allowing viewers to quickly find a TV program or movie and enjoy it on TV. The app also automatically detects and integrates the operator's branding, linear programming and VOD catalog when connected to a TiVo box provided by the operator.
"Operators are constantly looking for new ways to connect with their subscribers," said David Sandford, vice president and general manager of TiVo's service provider business. "The enhancements we have made to our iPad App help cable operators bring TiVo's innovative user interface directly into the hands of their subscribers, thereby offering consumers the ultimate remote control and viewing on-demand experience. We have only just begun to refine our offering to the operator community and look forward to bringing additional elements to the TiVo iPad App."
On the set-top box front, TiVo announced its TiVo Premiere Q, the company's first-ever quad-tuner gateway STB, and its TiVo Preview, the company's first non-DVR HD set-top.
TiVo Premiere Q serves as an advanced video gateway, while TiVo Preview provides the full TiVo user experience for non-DVR households and functions as a thin-client complement to those using a TiVo DVR. Both STBs support the full integration of operator services such as VOD, PPV, Caller ID on TV and linear programming, plus access to broadband applications and services.
TiVo Premiere Q supports four simultaneous recordings and the ability to view streaming broadband content, while at the same time supporting up to three HD streams over a MoCA or Ethernet home network. It is also the only STB of its kind that integrates a bridge between the MoCA and Ethernet networks to simplify and reduce the cost of installation, allowing the Premiere Q to easily connect to existing home networks.
TiVo Preview provides the same HD user experience as the TiVo Premiere and Premiere Q, and it fully integrates an operator's linear and VOD content with broadband content and application choices. Similar to Premiere Q, Preview includes integrated MoCA and Ethernet for home networking and multi-room applications.
RCN and Suddenlink will be the first cable operators to deploy the new boxes.
"As the first cable operator to deploy TiVo Premiere last year, rolling out a whole-home solution from TiVo is the logical next step for our company," said Jim Holanda, CEO of RCN."