Advanced Television

TiVo, Comcast go to Xfinity and beyond

May 10, 2011

By Colin Mann

DVR specialist TiVo has teamed up with entertainment and communications provider Comcast to enable access to Comcast’s robust library of Xfinity TV On Demand content on TiVo Premiere set-top boxes sold at retail. For the first time, Comcast customers in select markets will be able to use a TiVo Premiere box to enjoy a fully integrated offering of On Demand programmes, along with linear television and a range of broadband services, all accessible through TiVo’s user interface and intuitive search capabilities.

Comcast will make its Xfinity TV On Demand service accessible on TiVo Premiere set-top boxes in many of its largest markets, with the first expected to be the San Francisco Bay Area with a plan for additional markets to follow. In each of those markets, Comcast and TiVo plan to partner on promotion of this new service in retail and other sales channels. Comcast will install TiVo Premiere set-top boxes with its cable service at no additional charge for its customers when the service is available in those markets.

“Adding Comcast’s On Demand library to TiVo Premiere is a fantastic win for consumers because it will offer access to the ultimate television viewing experience with the programming viewers want. Traditional TV channels, On Demand and broadband delivered content will all be accessible with TiVo’s universal search capability and TiVo’s stunning HD user-interface,” said Tom Rogers, President and CEO of TiVo, who added that the partnership would make it easy for the pair’s mutual customers to enjoy both their TiVo service and Comcast’s Xfinity TV with the more than 25,000 On Demand programmes it offers along, with the ease of Comcast-arranged installation.

Marcien Jenckes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Video Services for Comcast, said that working with TiVo its commitment to bring any content to any device, at any time.”

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