US triple-play operator Frontier Communications – which focuses on rural areas and small and medium-sized towns and cities – is to market and deploy co-branded versions of advanced television specialist TiVo’s suite of whole-home products and services, including an industry-first deployment of the TiVo Roamio DVR with over-the-air (OTA) support as part of its video offering for residential and business customers across multiple markets. The TiVo Roamio DVR receives content both over-the-air and over the Internet.
The new partnership will enable Frontier’s high-speed Internet customers to enjoy a consistent TV experience spanning major broadcast channels and over the top (OTT) content via TiVo’s unified cloud-based service, a whole-home gateway DVR, TiVo Mini, TiVo Stream. Multi-screen and remote scheduling functionality will be available through TiVo Web, iOS and Android mobile applications. Frontier customers with high-speed Internet service will enjoy an all-in-one DVR, a broad line-up of over-the-top applications, and a variety of top-tier streaming video services via a high-quality streaming solution.
Frontier President and Chief Operating Officer Dan McCarthy said that TiVo’s latest generation OTA platform enabled it to launch a game-changing new service with delivery of the best of broadcast television, seamlessly integrated with over-the-top video, bundled with Frontier’s high-speed data service. “This is a great opportunity for our customers and a compelling strategic product for Frontier. We believe this is a model for a cost-effective, far-reaching video service of the future and look forward to it becoming a primary TV offer for our high-speed Internet only customers,” he added.
Naveen Chopra, Chief Financial Officer and SVP of Corporate Strategy at TiVo, said the “innovative” offering opened up the wealth of content available over the air and via streaming services and simplified the user experience with a great interface and high-speed Internet bundle from Frontier. “From billing to installation to hitting ‘play,’ this could be the simplest and most cost-effective way to get great television into your home and onto all your devices,” he suggested.