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TiVo Stays On a Tier 2 TearTiVo Stays On a Tier 2 Tear

Also: TiVo opens up for apps; Malone says Starz could use a 'big brother'; Ceton sets media extender launch; Chapter 11 doesn't slow down Contec

Jeff Baumgartner

October 11, 2012

3 Min Read
TiVo Stays On a Tier 2 Tear

Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.

  • TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) added to its lengthening list of Tier 2 cable operator customers Thursday with the addition of Midcontinent Communications (Midco) , an operator that serves more than 295,000 customers in parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. The deal will make TiVo the operator's exclusive supplier of next-generation video devices, including gateways, IP-only client boxes and mobile platforms. Midcontinent said it will initially deploy TiVo in South Dakota. (See Suddenlink Activates TiVo Stream and Mediacom Goes With TiVo .)

    • Staying with TiVo, the company has opened up a Developer Channel and unleashed a software developer kit that lets third parties create apps for TiVo gear, including the company's flagship HD-DVRs and second-screen devices. But it won't be an application free-for-all: TiVo will be the gatekeeper and have the final say on which apps are allowed onto the platform.

      • Liberty Media Corp. (NYSE: LMC) Chairman John Malone dropped another hint that the company's Starz Entertainment LLC subsidiary could seek a merger after the premium programmer is spun off later this year. "Everybody can use a big brother," Malone said at the company's investor day meeting Wednesday, reports Multichannel News, noting that HBO, Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) have been rumored as possible suitors. Of recent note, Starz inked a deal to license its content to HBO Nordic, a subscription streaming service set to launch this month in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. (See HBO Nordic Aligns With Starz.)

        • Ceton Corp. says its Echo media extender will go on sale "around Thanksgiving" for US$179.00 in the U.S., with availability in international markets to follow some time in 2013. The Echo provides whole-home TV and DVR access by networking with CableCARD-capable Windows Media Center PCs. Ceton is also developing the Q, a six-tuner CableCARD video gateway device that integrates a full-blown Windows Media Center PC. Ceton's hope is that the Q, which will also talk to the Echo, will have mass market appeal beyond traditional Windows Media Center enthusiasts. (See Ceton Pitches Cable Set-Top Alternative .)

About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Baumgartner, who previously had served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013, was most recently Senior Content Producer-Technology at Multichannel News, heading up tech coverage for the publication's online and print platforms, and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting & Cable, a sister publication to Multichannel News. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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