TiVo introduces network PVR prototype

Pay service provider competitor/collaborator TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) has introduced the prototype of its next-generation personal video recorder (PVR) with capabilities designed to help IP-based network service providers better deal with the plethora of IP-enabled devices in consumer homes.

In a press release, TiVo called its Network PVR a "natural extension" of its service that enables consumers to find, consume and use social networks to share cloud-delivered content through a TiVo interface provided in partnership with a service provider. TiVo also said it would enable operators and programmers to "manage content rights, create multiple tiers of network PVR features and enable multiscreen policies that accelerate the critical transition to an all-IP video world."

New consumer features would include the ability to share viewing experiences across social networks and receive recommendations from different content libraries.

"Operators are becoming more and more focused on the reducing (of) capital expenditure while enhancing subscriber satisfaction across every screen inside and outside the home," TiVo's vice president for innovation, Joshua Danovitz, said in a TiVo press release. "TiVo's Network PVR could play an important role in this process as it would bring an experience which has proven to improve customer satisfaction and operating metrics for global operators fully to the cloud."

Danovitz concluded that the product is a "natural evolution of TiVo service (and) one of the cornerstones of an overall TiVo strategy to deliver an experience that delights the consumer on every screen while driving down pay TV operator costs."

For more:
- TiVo issued this press release

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