Despite receiving lukewarm reviews to the newest iteration of its PVR, TiVo still carries weight in the industry and with consumers, so it's not too surprising to see that it's piggybacking with another set-top box maker. Technicolor will port the TiVo software into its newest HD box, the DSI803, which will give operators who license TiVo software the ability to provision PVRs optimized for TiVo while reducing development and integration costs associated with operator deployment. Technicolor said its partnership with TiVo will reduce time to market, reduce complexity of implementation, and can be leveraged across multiple technology platforms with offerings to operators worldwide.
The new offering will feature a dual-tuner HD PVR, a minimum of 320GB hard drive capable of recording up to 45 hours of HD or 400 hours of SD programming, broadband connectivity, and a touch-sensitive front panel, all housed in an operator-customizable case.
"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," said Frederic Kurkjian, SVP of the satellite and cable STB business unit at Technicolor.
The initial implementation is to support the initiative reported earlier this year between TiVo and Conax. 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.
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