TiVo prepares to ship 'Mini' set-top
Executives at TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) said the company will ship its TiVo Mini set-top this spring, making it easier for subscribers with its Premiere DVR to access recorded programs from any room in the house.
TiVo, which is demonstrating the Mini this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, hasn't yet said how it will price the set-top. The Mini will be available in retail outlets and will also be distributed by Suddenlink Communications, Mediacom Communications and other cable operators that have struck deals with TiVo to use the company's set-tops as the primary DVR for subscribers.
Mini could help TiVo compete with whole-home DVRs such as the DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) Genie and Dish Network's (Nasdaq: DISH) Hopper DVR and its companion device, which the company has nicknamed Joey. Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) and other cable operators are also deploying home video gateways that can shuttle recorded programs to multiple thin client set-tops distributed throughout subscriber homes.
Suddenlink CEO Jerry Kent said in November that the MSO would begin distributing the TiVo Mini in early 2013. Mediacom struck a deal with TiVo last September to deploy its Premiere DVR, and the company said it would also offer subscribers the TiVo Mini.