Comcast On Demand TiVo Integration Weeks Away [Zatz Not Funny!]
Comcast's partnership with TiVo is a mere weeks away from coming to market, according to TiVo's quarterly earnings call. The partnership will first be unveiled in the San Francisco area with plans for a wider distribution later this year.
These two companies have a history of working together, but the partnership has been limited to integrating TiVo's software into Comcast's set-top boxes in their New England markets.
This time the two companies have collaborated on a "hybrid" approach, according to TiVo CEO Tom Rogers. The same TiVo DVR hardware customers can get at various retail stores will also be sold by Comcast. In addition, in Comcast's service area TiVo Premiere users will gain access to Xfinity On Demand that offers both free and pay-per-view on demand content. The Xfinity On Demand features will be fully integrated into TiVo's search functionality. Plus, because cable operators aren't subjected to the new release waiting periods that other video on demand services are, Xfinity On Demand will be able to offer TiVo customers new releases much earlier than competitors.