Mediacom to go multi-room/screen in 2013
Mediacom Communications plans to deploy a whole-home/multi-screen service across its footprint throughout 2013. The MSO will base the service initially on four-tuner TiVo DVRs, and it will later give its subscribers the option of using a six-tuner version from Pace when that box becomes available.
Mediacom will begin its rollout with the TiVo Premiere Q four-tuner gateway DVR, TiVo Mini IP set-top box client, and companion applications for iOS and Android devices. The Pace model will be the six-tuner, DOCSIS 3.0-capable Pace XG1 gateway.
TiVo said it will be the primary software provider for Mediacom's whole-home solution. The Pace box will run TiVo software so that Mediacom will be able to deliver both linear cable television with on-demand and Internet video content through a common user interface – TiVo’s – featuring universal search capabilities and personalized viewing recommendations.
Mediacom Chairman and CEO Rocco Commisso said: "We are excited to bring TiVo to our customers as part of the latest advancement of our video product offerings. Our customers are increasingly telling us that the television user experience matters to them and that they want to access their cable service throughout their home on a variety of digital devices. TiVo is a natural partner for us given the reputation of its interface, its track record of innovation and the speed with which it can bring products to market."
Mediacom Communications is the nation's eighth-largest cable television company and 12th-largest MVPD, with more than 1 million video subscribers.