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TMCNet:  TiVo Opens Up Two New Boxes for Cable

[June 11, 2011]

TiVo Opens Up Two New Boxes for Cable

(Multichannel News Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TiVo working overtime to win business from cable operators will offer MSOs two new set-top options and has enhanced its iPad app to integrate with cable video services.

TiVo Premiere Q is the company's first quad-tuner gateway set-top box, a higher-end option than its flagship Premiere dual-tuner digital video recorder. In addition, TiVo is rolling out Preview, its first non-DVR HD set-top box.

RCN will be the first U.S. cable operator to offer subscribers the Premiere Q and Preview, in addition to its current TiVo Premiere offering, later this year. Sud-denlink Communications also expects to offer the new boxes at some point.

“TiVo's solution for cable has stood apart in delivering the only offering that fully integrates the operator's linear and VOD content with broadband content and application choices,” David Sandford, vice president and general manager of TiVo's service provider business, said in a statement.

Premiere Q and Preview will provide more flexibility to offer multiroom DVR services to customers, according to TiVo.

In addition being able to handle up to four simultaneous recordings, Premiere Q supports up to three HD streams over a Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) or Ethernet home network. The Preview box also includes integrated MoCA and Ethernet for home networking.

Meanwhile, the newversion of TiVo's companion iPad application automatically adds an operator'svideo-on-demand titles into the search and browse features within the app. It also detects and integrates an operator's branding, linear programming lineup and VOD catalog when connected to a TiVo box provided by the operator.

Users can “flick” the content they find on the TiVo iPad app and it begins playing on TV.

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