Maintaining its strategy to bring its core DVR function to every screen in the house, TiVo has launched a range of set-top boxes (STBs) designed to support whole home video streaming.
The new range sees the launch of TiVo’s first quad-tuner DVR gateway and its first non-DVR HD STB. Boasting four tuners and support for video on demand (VOD) content over IP, the TiVo Premiere Q serves as an advanced video gateway, while TiVo Preview provides the TiVo user experience for non-DVR households and also functions as a thin client complement to those using a TiVo DVR, creating a multi-room viewing experience.
Both STBs support the full integration of operator services such as VOD, PPV, CallerID on the TV and linear programming, plus access to broadband applications and services.
TiVo Premiere Q is claimed as unique in that it supports four simultaneous recordings and the ability to view streaming broadband content, while at the same time supporting up to three HD streams over a MoCA or Ethernet home network. It is also claimed to be the only STB of its kind that provides a bridge between the MoCA and Ethernet networks to simplify and reduce the cost of installation, allowing the Premiere Q to connect to existing home networks.
Such features will enable cablecos to gain a competitive edge by offering cost effective and highly differentiated solution for every type of household and every television in the house said David Sandford, TiVo's Vice President and General Manager of TiVo's service provider business: “TiVo's solution for cable has stood apart in delivering the only offering that fully integrates the operator's linear and VOD content with broadband content and application choices.”
TiVo has already signed up a number of operators for the new products, RCN and Suddenlink. The former will be the first US cable operator to offer subscribers the Premiere Q and Preview, in addition to its current TiVo Premiere offering. Suddenlink expects to extend its current TiVo offering through these and other TiVo products.