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.
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 .)