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Liberty Global is to end the mix of its own Horizon and the TiVo provided STBs , as part of project ‘Eos’ part of Liberty 3.0 which CEO Mike Fries mow says will be known as ‘Liberty Go’.
The company aims to reduce costs across the board and a common technology platform is a target. Speaking alongside Liberty Global results, Fries described Eos as “a set-top we plan to roll out everywhere at some point, including in [the UK]”.
However, Virgin Media also announced plans for a new 4K STB that will be based on its existing TiVo platform. Liberty’s CTO Balan Nair said that this would be a “pretty high-powered box that will get a refreshed TiVo UI on it later this year” but added “our goal is to get Horizon across all of Europe.” He said that Eos would be the “engine for next generation video” for the company.
Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge, also on the call, said that the TiVo-based box would “give us a lot more functionality for our customers” and enable the operator to remain competitive with Sky and its’ latest iteration Sky Q.
Fries described Eos as a “name for our cloud-based set-top box” to be trialled later this year.