Telenor’s Canal Digital, the Nordic TV platform and TiVo have confirmed the start of a long-term strategic alliance which will see TiVo products introduced and distributed as the main consumer experience for Canal Digital DTH satellite customers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
The TiVo product will be available exclusively through Canal Digital where it will serve as Canal Digital’s next generation platform, integrating linear satellite and terrestrial TV channels, Canal Digital’s VOD service, and a variety of current and future OTT services.
Christian Albech, chief executive of Telenor Broadcast said: “The Scandinavian pay TV market is one of the most competitive in the world, which means that Canal Digital must continue to offer the market’s best content and user experience. After considering many partners who could help us deliver this promise, we concluded that TiVo was head and shoulders above the rest. TiVo remains the gold standard for television user interface and offers an unmatched level of ongoing innovation for the consumer and the operator.”
Canal Digital’s next-generation networked set-top and TiVo’s software will together provide universal search, home networking and integration with mobile devices. The companies will work with conditional access provider Conax, another Telenor company, which has already integrated its technology with TiVo via an agreement signed last year.
Virgin Media in the UK and Spain’s Ono in chosen TiVo to provide the underlying technology platform for its next-generation services.