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.
Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), Hulu and other over the top (OTT) continue to draw the ire of pay-TV and broadband providers alike, but Virgin Media's (Nasdaq: VMED) move to set up a Netflix app on its...
A Netflix app, long shunned by pay-TV operators, will be available for some Virgin Media subscribers in the U.K. on their operator-leased TiVo boxes, the companies said.
Until Virgin Media's announcement that it was setting up a Netflix app on its Virgin Media TiVo service, no pay TV service provider had decided to blend an Internet-enabled subscription service into its traditional lineup of games and on-demand and pay-per-view and linear content. It seems so logical, given the capabilities of IP-enabled TV entertainment platforms.
Liberty Global's Virgin Media is making Netflix an app on its TiVo platform, effectively making the over-the-top content provider a part of its set-top based pay TV service rather than a competitor.
John Malone's Liberty Global said Friday that it is seeing increased demand for advanced set-tops in Western Europe, including TiVo Premiere DVRs in the United Kingdom and Horizon TV video gateways in the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Liberty Global said Friday that it closed the $24 billion cash and stock acquisition of British cable provider Virgin Media. The deal expands Liberty Global's total subscriber count to 25 million customers in 12 countries in Europe.
TiVo said it added 277,000 cable subscribers in the quarter ending April 30, including deployments of its Premiere DVR by Suddenlink Communications, RCN and international cable providers such as Virgin Media in the United Kingdom and Ono in Spain.
Hyperoptic, a UK-based alternative service provider, may not be the size of BT and Virgin Media, but it has one thing these established providers don't have: a 1 Gbps Fiber to the Building offering that now reaches 20,000 homes.
BSkyB's recent proposal to acquire the wireline assets of Telefonica's O2 UK subsidiary is facing a review by the UK's Office of Fair Trading.