TiVo Eyes Live TV to Tablets

Welcome to the cable news roundup, Hump Day edition.

  • The ZatzNotFunny blog has come across a TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) video transcoding accessory prototype that can stream live TV to iPads and other connected devices from the DVR. TiVo is being coy on the launch timing, but the device, which would seem to share traits with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s recently launched AnyPlay box, could give TiVo's MSO customers (RCN Corp. , Charter Communications Inc. , Suddenlink Communications , among others) a way to shuttle live TV wirelessly to devices hanging off the home network. In fact, outgoing Charter CEO Michael Lovett noted last month that TiVo's iPad app has a live TV streaming feature on the roadmap. (See Charter Picks First TiVo Market and Comcast Beams Live TV to the iPad.)

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) will deliver its video services, including live TV and recorded video, to Samsung Corp. 's 2012 line of smart TVs without the need for an additional set-top box. This "boxless" approach will rely on remote user interface technology from the RVU Alliance . DirecTV launched its first RVU-capable DVR/media server, dubbed the HR34, late last year, and Samsung is embedding the RVU protocol into its entire line of smart TVs. (See DirecTV Tests RVU.)

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) has launched premium TV Everywhere services HBO GO and MAX GO following the completion of a recent beta trial.

  • Showtime Networks Inc. is the latest premium programmer to unveil a streaming video app for the iPad. The broadband-fed Showtime Anytime app is starting off with more than 400 hours of programming and is being offered initially to AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) U-verse and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) FiOS TV subs.

  • Verizon's Shadman Zafar has been appointed the chief technology officer of the technology joint venture between Verizon Wireless and Comcast, TW Cable, Cox Communications Inc. and Bright House Networks , reports Multichannel News. (See MSOs Sell AWS Spectrum to Verizon for $3.6B .)

  • Humax Co. Ltd. has introduced a tru2way set-top based on SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC)'s new Nucleus IP/QAM software platform and its Nitro applications suite, which includes an HTML5-based interactive program guide. Humax says the box is outfitted with Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM)'s Docsis 3.0-powered BCM7425 chipset and is entering lab testing with a major U.S. cable MSO. (See SeaChange Boots Up Hybrid Gateway Software.)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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