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Mid-sized MSO aims to be first US cable operator to roll out TiVo's new line of DVR-cable set-top boxes.

Atlantic Broadband Courts TiVo’s Roamio

Mari Silbey
10/16/2013
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Atlantic Broadband is the first US cable operator to get its hands on TiVo's new Roamio digital video recorder.

Atlantic Broadband , a mid-sized MSO with more than 250,000 basic cable subscribers, announced in June that it would deploy TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO)'s complete line-up of set-tops. Now a spokesperson for TiVo has confirmed that Atlantic Broadband will be the first US cable company to roll out Roamio as part of that agreement.

Now a subsidiary of Montreal-based subsidiary of Cogeco Cable Inc. (Toronto: CCA), Atlantic has branded its new offering the TiVo T6. It plans to lease the hardware to existing DVR subscribers for $10 per month, starting sometime before the end of the year.

TiVo launched its Roamio family of set-tops for the retail market in August. Debuting to rave reviews, the product line includes a non-DVR HD set-top with support for Web-based apps, along with two DVRs that include six tuners each and advanced place-shifting features. (See doclink 705313}.)

While Atlantic Broadband can claim credit as the first US MSO to court Roamio, the company is not yet supporting some of the product line's most coveted features. The Atlantic Broadband website notes that "Today we do not support Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Instant Video on TiVo Service from Atlantic Broadband. Keep checking back every few months for updates. When things change we will let you know!"

Several major US cable operators are reportedly in talks with Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) now to offer the video rental service as a set-top app. (See Netflix-MSO Deal in the Works?)

Multichannel News also points out that Atlantic Broadband has not yet announced if it will support out-of-home streaming of live and recorded content from the TiVo DVR.

The latest news from Atlantic Broadband is just one more sign that TiVo has cemented its place in the cable industry. Current MSO customers include Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED), which is now testing an integrated Netflix-TiVo service in the UK. The list also includes RCN Corp. , Charter Communications Inc. , Suddenlink Communications , Mediacom Communications Corp. , and General Communication Inc. (GCI) (Nasdaq: GNCMA) in the US. (See Mediacom Goes With TiVo and GCI, Pace Boost TiVo's Software Aspirations.)

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading Cable

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albreznick,
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10/16/2013 | 5:16:22 PM
Re: Nice to see!
that would sure not be a pretty sight. Sounds like this deal may have moved faster than Atlantic Broadband was prepared to handle. Anyway, it's still great to see a smaller MSO take this step. I wonder who will fllow now. 
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KBode,
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10/16/2013 | 2:54:11 PM
Nice to see!
I think it's great they're moving this direction.

"Today we do not support Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Instant Video on TiVo Service from Atlantic Broadband. Keep checking back every few months for updates. When things change we will let you know!"

You do have to wonder however if Atlantic users will be staring at that same message for a year or two with no traction.
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