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Charter Picks First TiVo Market

Here's what's making waves on the cable pond today.

  • Following a months-long trial, Charter Communications Inc. has picked Forth Worth, Texas, as the first market to get the company's integrated TiVo product, the MSO's CEO Mike Lovett revealed Tuesday at a UBS AG conference. He said Charter is launching it this week and expects the MSO to introduce its TiVo product in two more markets this year and offer it in all systems by the first half of 2012. The broadband-fed device, coupled with a new UI, "now allows us to go on the offensive," he said of Charter's advanced video strategy. Charter also expects to offer TiVo's iPad app, which turns the tablet into a fancy remote control but has a live TV streaming feature on the roadmap, Lovett said. (See Charter Preps Network for IP Video.)

  • Cox Communications Inc. launched its iPad app, dubbed Cox TV Connect, on Tuesday, starting off with access to about 35 live TV channels, depending on the market. However, the MSO is not making it available to customers who take its two lower-end cable modem speed tiers, notes Multichannel News. For more on the app, including a demo and Cox’s strategy to bring it to more types of devices, check out this LRTV interview with company exec Steve Necessary:

  • Sandvine Inc. chopped fourth-quarter revenue estimates by as much as 22 percent, citing lower than expected sales to "several of our largest customers." It tried to soften the blow by announcing separately that it landed a $4.5 million expansion order with an unnamed Tier 1 MSO, and added seven new customers during the period. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is among Sandvine’s major MSO customers.

  • OSS specialist Integrated Broadband Services LLC (IBBS) named Michael Gallagher as CEO and a member of the board. He succeeds Dave Keil, who is stepping down on Jan. 1, 2012. Gallagher was the founding CEO of FDN Communications, which was acquired by Nuvox Communications, a company that's in the portfolio of Pamlico Capital, IBBS's majority shareholder.

  • Celeno Communications , a firm that specializes in video-over-Wi-Fi chipsets, landed two deals -- one with Germany's Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and one with Australia's iiNet . Both will use bridge devices outfitted with Celeno silicon that pipe video wirelessly to set-tops and other IP-connected devices hanging off the home network. (See Celeno: A Little Frosty on MoCA.)

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is having a rough go lately, but "We're certainly not reveling in their decline," Greg Maffei, CEO of Liberty Media Corp. (NYSE: LMC), the parent of Starz Entertainment LLC , said at the UBS investors conference Tuesday. Netflix is losing Starz content in March 2012 in part because Netflix balked at offering Starz as part of a premium tier. (See Did Starz Reject $300M Netflix Offer?)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:47:14 PM
    re: Charter Picks First TiVo Market

    We've asked Charter to provide some pricing and packaging details for this since Lovett said it's available in Ft. Worth right. about. now.

    Any Charter subs in the area that have seen this promoted yet?  Nothing yet on the Charter site that I can find. Guessing Netflix can't be offered for the same reasons Suddenlink can't (Netflix contracts apparently don't allow access on MSO-leased boxes) JB

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