Light Reading
TiVo CEO Tom Rogers says Comcast subs in New England will get the first shot at its new set-top/DVR combo

Comcast to Kick Off Boston TiVo Party

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
5/31/2007
50%
50%

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) plans to introduce digital video recorder/set-top combos powered by TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) on a commercial basis as early as this August in its New England division, which includes Boston, southeastern Massachusetts, and parts of New Hampshire.

TiVo CEO Tom Rogers revealed those sites Wednesday afternoon during the DVR pioneer's first quarter earnings call with reporters and analysts. A Comcast spokeswoman confirmed the expected locations and timeframe for the rollout. It's been reported that the MSO and TiVo are already testing the combo in the Boston area.

"We have made significant progress on work related to the Comcast product," Rogers said. "The trials are progressing well and will include limited subscriber deployment between now and the early summer."

TiVo and Comcast announced the partnership in March 2005, but it has taken a significant effort to fuse the TiVo software and associated service with cable set-tops. Among those integration efforts, the TiVo-Comcast product will allow customers to search video-on-demand (VOD) content in addition to what's recorded on the hard drive or offered via traditional linear networks. Rogers confirmed, however, that TiVo's new Universal Swivel Search -- a feature that allows users to locate programs from broadcast and cable television and Internet/broadband content -- will not be offered in the initial rollout with Comcast.



Both companies have yet to say how the TiVo version will be marketed or sold to cable customers, though expectations are that it will carry a premium -- perhaps $2 to $4 more per month -- on top of the typical fee for the more "generic" DVRs Comcast presently offers.

"I'm not at liberty to disclose that now," Rogers said, when asked about how Comcast might market and price the TiVo offering. "I would say that it will be a very attractive way to be able to get the TiVo service."

Comcast marks but one of a handful of service operators that have teamed up with TiVo.

Among them, TiVo has a similar deal with Cox Communications Inc. . Rogers expects that MSO to start rolling out TiVo-powered services "toward the end of the year." Cablevision Mexico, meanwhile, is beta-testing the TiVo service.

Earlier this week, TiVo announced that Seven Network Ltd. will market and distribute a stand-alone TiVo device for Australia and New Zealand built to the company's digital terrestrial standard. "It would be like having CBS and NBC promote TiVo adoption in the U.S.," Rogers said of the significance of that deal.

On the financial front, TiVo posted first quarter net income of $835,000, or 1 cent per share, versus a net loss of $10.7 million, or 13 cents per share, a year earlier. Service and technology revenues reached $58.1 million, up slightly from $55.0 million.

The company said it added 57,000 TiVo-owned subs in the quarter, down from 91,000 a year ago. TiVo still managed to end the period with 1.7 million such subs, versus 1.5 million a year earlier. Including subs tied to DirecTV, TiVo's cumulative sub total was 4.3 million as of Jan. 31, 2007. DirecTV continues to support existing TiVo subs, but is no longer signing on new ones, opting instead for a DVR platform developed by corporate cousin NDS Ltd. .

Rogers said TiVo is hopeful that the Comcast deal will eventually help the company offset DirecTV subscriber losses. "The question is how long it will take the Comcast rollout in multiple markets to occur and, from there, the uptick that we would hope would follow."

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
light-headed
50%
50%
light-headed,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:07:37 PM
re: Comcast to Kick Off Boston TiVo Party
does it support HD? i assume so but you can never assume with the MSO people who seem to be stuck in the 80s when it comes to HW, SW and user interfaces.
Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:07:37 PM
re: Comcast to Kick Off Boston TiVo Party
HD is supposed to be one of the features. At CES in January, TiVo and Comcast demoed a the device...supports HD and, of course, the MSO's VOD service and other digital cable apps/services.
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: Building the Case for NFV

12|19|14   |   02:14   |   (0) comments


At the 2020 Vision Executive Summit, James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development at CenturyLink, talks about how the US operator is approaching virtual network functions from an operational and business case perspective.
LRTV Interviews
Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
LRTV Documentaries
EE: The Road to 5G

12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
LRTV Documentaries
US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
LRTV Interviews
How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

12|15|14   |     |   (2) comments


Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
LRTV Interviews
How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
LRTV Documentaries
Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
LRTV Interviews
TWC Business Looks Beyond $3B

12|10|14   |     |   (0) comments


TWC Business Services chief Phil Meeks explains how his unit has reached $3 billion in annual revenues and what its plans are for next year.
Upcoming Live Events
February 10, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Hot Topics
T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/17/2014
1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
Comcast Launches 4K Streaming Service
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 12/18/2014
US Carriers, You're Going to Cuba!
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/18/2014
T-Mobile Lights Up 27 Wideband LTE Cities
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/15/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive