Alviso, Calif. -
said Friday that
(formerly known as Thomson SA) will invest in and develop an advanced, TiVo-ready, high-definition PVR set-top box for operators who license TiVo software.
Under the relationship, Technicolor will port TiVo software to its latest DVR/PVR hardware platform (DSI803), "giving operators the benefit of provisioning PVRs that are optimized for TiVo's software."
The integration of TiVo's DVR software and user interface with Technicolor hardware is expected by the companies to reduce development and integration costs associated with operator deployment, reduce time-to-market, reduce complexity of implementation, and can be leveraged across multiple technology platforms with offerings to operators worldwide.
The initial implementation will support an initiative announced earlier this year between TiVo and Conax to offer a "next-generation DVB set-top box platform for deployment by television operators around the world." It is "expected to reach beyond to help accelerate deployment of Technicolor set-top boxes fueled with TiVo's software for TV operators around the world," the companies said.
The new offering will feature broadband connectivity, a touch-sensitive front panel, and a dual-tuner HD PVR with a hard drive of at least 320GB capacity capable of recording up to 45 hours of HD or 400 hours of SD programming. The STB cabinet design is promised to be "aesthetically pleasing and customizable by operator."
"As the convergence of linear television and broadband continues to take hold, operators need to deploy advanced television solutions that are cost efficient and ready for rapid deployment," stated Frederic Kurkjian, Technicolor satellite and cable STB business unit senior VP. "As one of the leading set-top box providers in the world, operators were increasingly looking to Technicolor to help address this need. To manage this, we selected TiVo's truly comprehensive solution for marrying TV and Internet content within a single, user-friendly and intuitive interface."
"We are thrilled to be working with the world class engineering team at Technicolor on its first preemptive PVR software integration project," said Joshua Danovitz, TiVo international general manager and VP.
"This is a big win for pay-TV operators and broadcasters who will soon have access to integrated products that combine Technicolor's breadth as one of the biggest and most innovative global set-top box companies and TiVo's expertise as the world's leading television interface."