Conax, TiVo team up on set-top box offering
Conditional access vendor Conax and DVR pioneer TiVo are blending their respective technologies to come up with a combined set-top box platform for TV operators around the world.
TiVo and Conax were already familiar with each other prior to today’s announcement; Evolution Broadband has been using Conax’s conditional access  in its set-top boxes for some time, while TiVo is also working with Evolution.
The partnership between TiVo and Conax will combine TiVo’s user interface with Conax’s multiplatform service technology, the latter of which eliminates the need for a middleware deployment.
Through this partnership, the companies will put the TiVo experience, including its integration of IP-delivered video, into an off-the-shelf package that can be quickly deployed by operators using Conax-certified platforms in Scandinavia, mainland Europe and India, among other geographies.
"While the European market is ripe for VOD and other interactive services, many operators are stifled by the expensive integration efforts needed to convert roadmaps into reality,” said Geir Bjørndal, executive vice president of products and markets at Conax. “TiVo has a phenomenal reputation in the U.S., not only for inventing the PVR, but for creating the market's most comprehensive hybrid broadcast/broadband platform. They are the only player that has successfully integrated top-tier content from diverse Internet sources like Netflix, Blockbuster, YouTube and Amazon VOD, along with linear television, into a single, vivid user interface already available to consumers in the United States.
“Our European customers have made clear that they plan to deploy similar capabilities, and we can't imagine a better technology partner than TiVo to help us make it happen and strengthen our competitive market position."
Bjørndal also said that interest in the new solution is already high from key customers connected to TV operations that include security provided by Conax.
Conax plans to make the integrated platform of TiVo software and its security solution available for commercial deployment next year.
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