TiVo CEO Tom Rogers said Tuesday that more U.S. operators have told the company that they want to offer Netflix to their pay TV customers, but that Hollywood studios are blocking a service that some European providers are already including in their subscription bundles.
TiVo said the third-quarter was its best ever period of cable subscriber growth, as it picked up 295,000 net additions through distribution deals with Virgin Media, RCN, Grande Communications and other pay TV distributors.
Pennsylvania-based cable operator Blue Ridge Communications is making a big bet on TiVo, announcing a deal to deploy every product it is marketing to pay TV distributors, from DVRs to a Web portal.
Mediacom Communications said Monday that it will soon deploy a media gateway from Pace that runs TiVo's user interface.
In addition to rolling out a new DVR from TiVo containing six tuners, Atlantic Broadband signed TiVo to build it a TV Everywhere portal that subscribers can use to receive personalized recommendations, Atlantic Broadband Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer David Isenberg told FierceCable.
Cogeco-owned Atlantic Broadband will roll out a leased version of TiVo's latest Roamio DVR to about 250,000 customers scattered in western Pennsylvania, Miami Beach, Fla., Aiken, S.C. and parts of Maryland and Delaware.
In yet another example of why pay TV providers seem anxious to work out a complementary arrangement with Netflix, the over-the-top video content delivery company said it has cut a TV production deal with Sony Pictures Television.
While there are still multiple details to work out, Netflix could go from over-the-top to into-the-box if a reported deal with cable operators, including Comcast and Suddenlink, comes to fruition.
Alaskan triple-play provider GCI said Tuesday that it is expanding the rollout of DVRs running TiVo software to Kenai and Soldotna, using Pace's XG1 home video gateway.
Cable operators will be able to deploy set-tops integrated with conditional access technology instead of using more expensive CableCARD modules, if a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Latta (R.-Ohio) and Rep. Gene Green (D.- Texas) becomes law.