TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) has announced that cable TV operator Mediacom will be deploying TiVo's whole home product suite starting early next year, offering further proof that the DVR pioneer is shifting away from its legacy of court battles with service providers and into a new era of partnerships with them.
TiVo's Premiere DVR. (Image source: TiVo)
The TiVo whole-home solution consists of the TiVo Premiere Q 4-tuner gateway DVR, TiVo Mini IP set-top box client and companion applications for iOS and Android devices. Mediacom also intends to offer the 6-tuner, DOCSIS 3.0-capable Pace XG1 gateway with the TiVo experience when it becomes available. TiVo will be the primary software provider for Mediacom's whole-home solution, and as in other TiVo deployments, the offering combines linear cable television with on-demand and Internet video content through the TiVo interface.
As its patent disputes with some of the larger service providers have been settled, TiVo has started gaining more service provider deployment commitments, particularly with smaller and independent service providers (Mediacom is the eighth-largest cable TV operator). Though a recent deployment with Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) was delayed as Charter began rethinking its set-top box strategy, these new customer engagements are likely to stick, as long as TiVo can continue to evolve its platforms into the new forms, such as cloud-based offerings, in which service providers are interested in using them.
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