Cable Technology Feature Article
TiVo, Comcast Team Delivers First Retail Cable Set-Top with DVR
By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor
To deliver linear TV, broadband content and the Xfinity On Demand library all from one box, television services and advertising solutions provider TiVo Inc. and Comcast (News - Alert) Corp. have entered into an agreement to enable access to Comcast's robust library of Xfinity TV On Demand content on TiVo Premiere set-top boxes sold at retail.
As a result, for the first time, Comcast customers in select markets will be able to use a TiVo Premiere box to enjoy a fully integrated offering of On Demand programs, along with linear television and a range of broadband services, all accessible through TiVo's (News - Alert) user interface and intuitive search capabilities.
Under the agreement, Comcast will make its Xfinity TV On Demand service accessible on TiVo Premiere set-top boxes in many of its largest markets, with the first expected to be the San Francisco Bay Area with a plan for additional markets to follow. In each of those markets Comcast and TiVo plan to partner on promotion of this new service in retail and other sales channels. Comcast will install TiVo Premiere set-top boxes with its cable service at no additional charge for its customers when the service is available in those markets.
In a statement, said Tom Rogers (News - Alert), President and CEO of TiVo, "Adding Comcast's On Demand library to TiVo Premiere is a fantastic win for consumers because it will offer access to the ultimate television viewing experience what the programming viewers want. Traditional TV channels, On Demand and broadband delivered content will all be accessible with TiVo's universal search capability and TiVo's stunning HD user-interface." He added, "And, this partnership will make it easy for our mutual customers to enjoy both their TiVo service and Comcast's Xfinity TV with the more than 25,000 On Demand programs it offers along with the ease of Comcast arranged installation."
Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves