Cable overbuilder RCN said it will this year launch a TV Everywhere portal, which will allow subscribers to access online video and cable video-on-demand content on multiple devices, including TVs, mobile phones and tablet computers.
The company hired TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) subsidiary thePlatform to build the TV Everywhere portal, which will use the TiVo user interface. RCN already markets the TiVo Premiere DVR to its cable subscribers in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and the District of Columbia.
RCN didn't detail the content that it will offer through the TVE portal it said will be "deployed in phases beginning later this year."
The agreement RCN struck with thePlatform is noteworthy, considering it will see the Comcast-owned company help RCN build a product that it can use to compete with Comcast in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. thePlatform, based in Seattle, also helps power Comcast's Xfinity portal.
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