TiVo Aims at Cable Ops
TiVo aims to capture the attention of the cable TV industry with two new cable compatible products as well as an update of its iPad app.
The TiVo Premiere Q boasts four tuners for recording and viewing multiple streams, while the TiVo Preview is the first TiVo HD product not to have a DVR.
Let TiVo tell the story: "Beyond its quad tuners and industry leading DVR features, TiVo Premiere Q brings a number of benefits to operators deploying whole home solutions. TiVo Premiere Q is unique in that it supports 4 simultaneous recordings and the ability to view streaming broadband content, while at the same time supporting up to 3 HD streams over a MoCA or Ethernet home network. It is also the only STB of its kind that integrates a bridge between the MoCA and Ethernet networks to simplify and reduce the cost of installation, allowing the Premiere Q to easily connect to existing home networks."
For non-DVR households, the TiVo Preview (pictured) "completes the whole home solution for operators that can now deploy the TiVo user experience in every room of the home. It provides the same HD user experience as the TiVo Premiere and Premiere Q and fully integrates an operator's linear and VOD content with broadband content and application choices, and immediate streaming access to DVR content from a TiVo Premiere or Premiere Q. Similar to Premiere Q, Preview includes integrated MoCA and Ethernet for home networking and multi-room applications."
And: "Both set-top boxes support the full integration of operator services such as Video on Demand, PPV, CallerID on the TV and linear programming, plus access to broadband applications and services."
RCN will be the first cable op to offer the two products.
See press release.
TiVo has also enhanced its iPad app to include additional features tailored for cable operators, including integration of VOD and browse features within the app. It also integrates the cable operator's branding, linear programming, and VOD catalogue. See press release.