Comcast and TiVo have started rolling out TiVo-enabled Comcast digital video recorders. The companies said in a joint statement that the service will be rolled out to customers over the next few months.
TiVo, which makes its own branded digital video recorders, first signed an agreement with Comcast in March 2005 to enable the cable operators’ customers to use TiVo software on their Comcast boxes. But the launch of the service has taken longer than analysts expected as both companies worked out how to integrate TiVo software with some models of Comcast set-top boxes.
Comcast, which has over 24 million subscribers, will be the first US cable operator to offer a TiVo interface service. Privately-held Cox Communications, also signed a deal with TiVo in August 2006 to offer a similar service to its customer this year.