DVR specialist TiVo and STB maker Pace have revealed details of the first product, the Pace XG1, resulting from a global partnership the pair announced in February 2012 to develop flexible, advanced television solutions for operators.
The new Multi-tuner Video Gateway from Pace will provide cable operators in the Americas an advanced television solution for their customers by bringing to market the full TiVo experience on powerful, new platforms designed to be easily integrated with today’s cable networks.
The Pace XG1 includes six video tuners, an integrated DOCSIS 3.0 modem, and at least 500GB of on board hard drive storage. It will utilise TiVo’s whole-home capabilities, such as multi-room streaming and support for both traditional set-top boxes and IP devices as clients over MoCA, and support for TiVo’s mobile and tablet applications.
David Sandford, Vice President and General Manager of TiVo’s Service Provider Business, said the partnership would make the TiVo experience easily accessible to more cable operators than ever before. “It will provide operators a best-in-class advanced television solution that they can quickly and cost-effectively deploy and will serve as the gateway to a rapidly expanding choice of content across multiple screens through TiVo’s whole-home solutions,” he added.
Tim O’Loughlin, President of Pace Americas, said there was no denying that the current climate for operators was immensely competitive, and that the company had been hearing more and more frequently from this community that TiVo is a user experience that they want to offer.
The initial offering will first be made available by Pace to cable operators in the Americas later this year. TiVo and Pace also expect to follow the XG1 with additional solutions for domestic and international operators soon after.
US operators currently deploying TiVo offerings to their customers include Charter, DirecTV, RCN, Suddenlink and Grande Communications, and European operators include Virgin Media, the largest cable operator in the UK, and ONO, the largest cable operator in Spain.