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GCI, Pace Boost TiVo's Software Aspirations

Alaskan cable TV operator GCI is the first North American service provider to roll out Pace's XG-1 Multi-tuner Video Gateway, integrated with the TiVo Advanced User Interface platform, the companies announced Monday.

The deployment represents another milestone in TiVo's drive to have its familiar user interface, search and recommendation engine features play on gear from traditional gateway/set-top box purveyors such as U.K. giant Pace. After several years of subscriber losses, TiVo has begun in recent quarters to find increasing revenue from software licensing, and also has found new market success with Tier 2 operators in the mold of GCI. (See TiVo Stays On a Tier 2 Tear).

In May, TiVo reported that its customers via cable and satellite TV providers at the end of the first quarter totaled 2.4 million, an increase of about 1 million from a year earlier. The company's revenues from its service provider relationships almost doubled during the same period from US$4.1 million to just over $8 million.

Both TiVo and Pace have supplied hardware to GCI in the past, and the service provider previously launched a TiVo offering over TiVo's own DVR equipment. (See GCI Picks TiVo).

However, Pace and TiVo also formed a partnership in early 2012 aimed at porting TiVo's interface capabilities to non-TiVo hardware (See Pace to Port TiVo Software).

— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading

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