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TiVo connects with Cable One on DVR deal

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 3:18pm
Mike Robuck

TiVo has landed yet another cable operator customer with today’s news that it has signed a deal with Cable One to provide its DVR software and multi-screen video applications to the nation’s 10th-largest cable operator.

Cable One will start rolling out its TiVo offering in the first half of next year before making it available to all of its 740,000 customers across 19 states by year’s end.

Going forward, TiVo is now Cable One’s exclusive software provider for all of its new DVRs. Cable One’s subscribers will also be able to take advantage of TiVo’s whole-home and multi-screen suite products to deliver video to various IP-enabled devices within a home.

"The way our subscribers consume video entertainment is rapidly changing, and we focused on a solution that will put an extensive amount of content choice right at the viewers' fingertips in a way that is easy to find and watch – on any screen," said Jerry McKenna, senior vice president and chief sales and marketing officer at Cable One. "Collaborating with TiVo allows us to quickly implement a cost-effective and market-tested offering that immediately gives our subscribers access to the best TV experience on any screen in the home. TiVo's multi-platform solution allows Cable One to simultaneously deliver existing QAM linear and next-generation IP on-demand video experiences, which is one more reason we are extremely excited to team up with TiVo and eager to begin the rollout."

Cable One subscribers will be able to navigate, search and content through TiVo’s whole-home solution that will provide access to Cable One’s linear catalog, recorded programming and IP content (both over-the-top and VOD) to any screen, including DVRs, low-cost IP set-top boxes, tablets and smartphones.

TiVo has found a niche with Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators, including Suddenlink Communications, Mediacom Communications, RCN, Grande Communications, GCI and Midcontinent Communications. The DVR pioneer also has deals in place with Comcast, Charter Communications and Virgin Media, but to date, only the latter has scaled in the United Kingdom.

Charter had previously said it planned on offering TiVo’s Premiere service across its footprint this year, but it has backed off of those plans. During its second-quarter earnings call earlier this year, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said Charter remained committed to using TiVo’s software and planned to deploy its user interface in the cloud for its current and next-generation customer premises equipment.

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