Now it's clear why TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) CEO Tom Rogers didn't include Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) on his potential enemies list: The DVR maker and the biggest MSO have teamed up to put Comcast's Xfinity TV On Demand content on TiVo Premiere set-tops being sold in retail locations.
The agreement calls for Comcast to make Xfinity On Demand on TiVo Premiere set-tops starting in the San Francisco Bay area and expanding to other markets. Comcast will install the boxes "at no additional charge" and deliver (at an additional charge, of course) on-demand programs, linear television and what the two companies called a "range of broadband services" via the TiVo device.
"Working with TiVo to allow customers to access our Xfinity TV On Demand service complements our commitment to bring any content to any device, at any time," Marcien Jenckes, senior vice president and general manager of video services for Comcast said in the news release.
In a recent interview, Rogers said that TiVo had litigation pending with several pay TV providers and vendors but did not include Comcast among them.
- see this news release
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