Technicolor announced recently that it’s working on a high-definition PVR set-top box that will be integrated with TiVo’s user interface and DVR software.

Technicolor said it will port TiVo’s software to its DSI803 PVR. The first implementation will leverage the partnership between TiVo and conditional access provider Conax that was announced earlier this year.

Working with Conax and Thomson will give TiVo a platform that can be used by cable operators around the world, while cable operators benefit by reducing their time to market and operational expenses.

“As the convergence of linear television and broadband continues to take hold, operators need to deploy advanced television solutions that are cost-efficient and ready for rapid deployment,” said Frederic Kurkjian, senior vice president of the satellite and cable set-top box business unit at Technicolor. “As one of the leading set-top box providers in the world, operators were increasingly looking to Technicolor to help address this need. To manage this, we selected TiVo’s truly comprehensive solution for marrying TV and Internet content within a single, user-friendly and intuitive interface.”

The combined offering will feature a dual-tuner HD PVR, a minimum of 320 GB hard drive capable of recording up to 45 hours of HD or 400 hours of SD programming, broadband connectivity, and a touch-sensitive front panel.

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