Michelle Clancy | 13-09-2013
TiVo and Harmonic have developed a prototype of a next-generation network PVR (nPVR), equipped with an integrated multiscreen backend from Harmonic.
As more content and services become cloud-based, TiVo will enable operators to give consumers everything they want, including linear TV and start–over TV with "super catch-up," a personally tailored interface, unlimited recording capability, multiscreen viewing and the ability to interact with other users on the network. TiVo's nPVR will also soon offer operators contextual promotional capabilities, social TV, and recommendation filtering across disparate libraries of content.
"Operators are working to enhance the experience they are delivering to their customers through delivering an experience they love on any screen, while reducing their costs," said Joshua Danovitz, vice president of innovation at TiVo. "The TiVo network PVR is just one step toward our goal to support the transition to content everywhere via IP, and this prototype serves as an example of the constant innovation that guides our vision to give consumers everything they want, anywhere they want it."
The TiVo nPVR will use TiVo's cloud service to support operators as they consider a transition to IP-delivered content and utilisation of low-cost IP clients and consumer-provided devices. The nPVR is aimed at enhancing the user experience inside and outside of the home, the companies said, enabling consumers to easily find, consume and socially share cloud-delivered content through the TiVo user interface. Discoverable TV Anywhere content includes IPTV, video-on-demand (VOD), catch-up, start-over and recorded shows.
"Extending the TiVo service to address network storage, as well as enabling the oversight and management of complex content rights and operator policies, is a core strategy in moving operators to a full IP environment, and this prototype offering is a clear example of how TiVo can use its deep TV industry expertise to help operators evolve to deliver a cohesive next-generation viewing experience," said Danovitz. "During the project, Harmonic has demonstrated excellence in delivering an enterprise solution that addresses the key infrastructure needed to deploy a full IP solution."
TiVo and Harmonic have worked together prior to this initiative, deploying the Virgin TV Anywhere solution in the UK.
In both cases, Harmonic's integrated multiscreen solution brings together its ProMedia Live real-time multiscreen transcoder with enhanced H.264 video codec technology for creating high quality adaptive bitrate video streams, ProMedia Package adaptive stream preparation application, ProMedia Origin HTTP streaming video server, and the MediaGrid shared storage system to address the demand for video delivery to Internet and mobile devices.