TiVo plans Euro expansion

TiVo aims to build on its success in the UK and Spain with more European deployments, according to TiVo’s vice president and general manager of international, Joshua Danovitz.

Speaking to DTVE this week, Danovitz said that the spring-rollout of its Swedish partnership with pay TV provider Com Hem – which will be TiVo’s first ever deployment via an IPTV network was – would ideally be a precursor to more activity in the continent.

“We’ve got a real success record here in Europe, so we want to expand on that. There’s a lot more to do, there’s a lot more complexity that we think we can offer simplicity to,” he said.

Speaking about the firm’s broader expansion plans, Danovitz pointed to both Latin America and Asia as markets the firm was looking at.

“Latin America’s actually growing quite rapidly – it’s a changing environment, ARPUs are coming up and it’s a very interesting environment,” he said. However, he would not be drawn on precise launch plans, or offer a prediction for how many new markets the firm aims to be live in by the end of the year.

Outside its home market of the US, TiVo is currently live in Canada Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Taiwan, Spain and the UK.

However, speaking at Cable Congress this week, Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries would not comment on whether Virgin would stick with the TiVo platform, following Liberty’s planned takeover of the UK pay TV operator.

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