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TiVo Alliances Take Aim At Cable Services

3/02/2009 09:42:00 AM Eastern

Alviso, Calif. — TiVo announced a pair of deals Monday aimed at bringing increased interactive functionality and cable compatibility to its next-generation HD DVR products.

First TiVo said it has entered an agreement with Alticast, a developer of tru2way embedded software systems, to offer pay TV providers tru2way bi-directional enhanced cable functionality with TiVo DVR applications.

Then TiVo said it was teaming up with video-on-demand (VOD) and IPTV software developer SeaChange International to integrate cable VOD services into next-generation HD DVR systems.

Alticast’s core technology is comprised of Java-based DVB-MHP, OCAP/Tru2way technology and Blu-ray Disc Java middleware, and is said to provide a common software foundation enabling hardware independent deployment of an application.

The software is said to simplify the creation of advanced cable set-top-boxes, including combination set-top-boxes and TV sets or Blu-ray Disc players.  TiVo said the deal with Alticast underscores its expanded focus on advanced cable-ready products for operators looking to shed hardware costs while providing subscribers with compelling interactive services and user experiences."

"Teaming with Alticast allows global video providers to offer the unique combination of TiVo's award-winning user interface, advertising solutions and broadband television functionality on set-top boxes running Alticast's industry standard embedded software for ITV applications," stated Joshua Danovitz, TiVo international VP and GM. "We hear from cable, satellite and IPTV operators around the world that they want better middleware solutions capable of quickly bringing TiVo applications to market, and Alticast is in the pole position to fulfill this need. We look forward to their cooperation in making the TiVo experience available on a broad range of platforms, both in the United States and around the world, similar to the way that we have developed platforms for Comcast and Cox."

"We are eager to work with TiVo to optimize our respective products for the benefit of pay-television providers around the world," said Jeff Bonin, VP and GM of Alticast.

In its deal with SeaChange, TiVo said it is enabling cable operators without OCAP/Tru2way deployment plans to quickly deploy TiVo set-top boxes that integrate VOD into TiVo’s user interface, said Tom Rogers, TiVo president and CEO. "This solution also enables participating MSOs to take their on-demand offering to a whole new level by highlighting VOD titles within TiVo universal search results. And the beauty of this is that it can be achieved faster and at a lower cost than most solutions that have been available to cable operators to date."

TiVo said TiVo-branded HD cable-ready set-top boxes integrating the SeaChange VOD functionality will be available later this year.

Alticast, a developer of Tru2way embedded software systems, to offer pay TV providers Tru2way bi-directional enhanced cable functionality with TiVo DVR applications.SeaChange International to integrate cable VOD services into next-generation HD DVR systems.