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When Will Cable Turn Up TiVo Stream?

5:30 PM -- Some early reviews of the $130 TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) Stream are in. And there was much salivating about the transcoding sidecar that sends live and recorded video from Premiere DVRs to tablets and smartphones.



But it's still not clear when any of TiVo's various cable partners will take advantage of it and offer it to their customers.

In May, TiVo announced it would offer Stream via retail and through "select" cable partners. The retail launch is Sept. 6, but, so far, no MSOs have revealed any specific plans to sell or lease them.

Suddenlink Communications declined to say anything about its plans for Stream. RCN Corp. , another of TiVo's key U.S. cable partners, hasn't decided, but wants to make a decision fairly soon.

RCN VP of Engineering and Operations Jason Nealis tells Light Reading Cable via email that he tried out the newest version of Stream this week in Chicago, and thinks it's "one sexy little device. ... The integration into the app and the intuitive manner in which you can interact with it is awesome."

But he's still considering how RCN might offer and support Stream as the operator wraps up some other upgrades to the TiVo platform it has in the field now. But it appears that he's leaning toward a lease option.

"I would imagine if we do offer it, we would probably NOT allow the retail [version] to work off the RCN TiVo. I would want some control on the solution if it's going to be interacting in that manner with the RCN TiVo," he explained on the Broadband Reports message board.

Oh, and Stream wasn't the only news to come out of TiVo this week. It reported earnings Wednesday afternoon. Some highlights:



— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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