Comcast kicks off TiVo VoD rollout in San Francisco

Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) customers who own a TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) Premiere DVR in San Francisco are the first in the nation to receive a software download that will allow subscribers to use the TiVo box to navigate the MSO's Xfinity On Demand library.

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TiVo has also been working with Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) and other cable MSOs to let cable subscribers that buy a TiVo DVR in retail outlets to use the DVR to access cable VoD programming, but has been faced challenges integrating with cable systems. Charter recently began testing TiVo, but said its rollout--originally scheduled for the first half of 2012--would be delayed until later this year.

"We now know based on our testing that we will require some further field testing, and we're not going to deliver that product to our customers until we know it's fully baked and right," Charter EVP Donald Detampel said on the MSO's fourth-quarter earnings call in February.

TiVo said its Comcast rollout will expand to additional cities in the next several weeks, but it did not say which markets will support Xfinity On Demand through the TiVo Premiere DVR.

The TiVo integration with Comcast in San Francisco will allow cable subscribers who buy a Premiere DVR to access content from Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), Hulu Plus, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), YouTube, Pandora and other Web content.

"TiVo Premiere has always offered the best of Xfinity TV channels with the most popular Web services, and we are excited to now integrate the Xfinity On Demand library for San Francisco subscribers, delivering a true one-stop shop for at-home entertainment," TiVo VP of retail sales Doug Bieter said in a prepared statement.

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