TiVo Heads to New Zealand

TiVo service will launch in New Zealand later this year

March 26, 2009

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ALVISO, Calif. -- TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services and advertising solutions for digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced that the TiVo service will launch in New Zealand later this year.

Through an agreement with Seven Media Group in Australia, Television New Zealand (TVNZ), New Zealand's largest free-to-air and national broadcaster, has taken a 33% ownership stake in Hybrid Television Services, the Seven subsidiary that has TiVo rights in Australia and New Zealand. TVNZ’s investment will support the launch of the TiVo service to customers throughout New Zealand - the second DVB-T standard country to begin offering TiVo.

Similar to the TiVo service available in Australia, digital Freeview channels in New Zealand will be available on broadband connected TiVo® DVRs. Viewers will have access to the Emmy® award-winning TiVo user interface, which includes internationally recognized TiVo features like SeasonPass™ Recordings, WishList® Searches and the ability to pause, rewind, fast forward, instant replay, and slow motion live and recorded TV shows.

In addition to being the largest broadcaster in New Zealand, TVNZ operates an online “catchup TV” service known as TVNZ ondemand, where viewers can access a host of popular programs via the Internet, and, like Seven Network, TVNZ is a member of its local Freeview consortium.

“TiVo’s ongoing efforts to expand its global footprint through strategic alliances with international broadcasters and cable companies is taking another step forward,” said Tom Rogers, president and CEO of TiVo Inc. “Our successful rollout in Australia has piqued the interest of others in the media industry across the globe and essentially provided a blueprint that outlines how the TiVo value proposition can help protect their competitive position in their own markets. We are extremely gratified to have TVNZ as a partner and are eager to have Hybrid TV begin making the TiVo service available to New Zealand’s millions of free-to-air TV customers.”

TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO)

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