TiVo pays US$135 million for Digitalsmiths

DVR maker TiVo has agreed to pay US$135 million (€99.3 million) for cloud-based content discovery service Digitalsmiths, in a move it said would accelerate its evolution to a device-agnostic, cloud-based service provider. TiVo said that the deal will expand its role with tier-one US service providers, as Digitalsmiths has relationships with seven of the top […]

CTC Media launches Peretz in central Asia

Russian broadcaster CTC Media has launched its Peretz channel in Kyrgyzstan following a deal with local distribution partner Evropa-Azia. Kyrgyzstan is the second international market for Peretz, which is also available in Belarus. Outside Russia, CTC also operates an international version of its flagship CTC channel in North America, Europe, Central Asia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, […]

TiVo lays off hardware designers

TiVo has reportedly laid off “most of the hardware team” responsible for core DVR boxes, as it looks to up its focus on software products.  According to a Wired report, which cites sources inside the firm, TiVo has let go five members of its hardware team, leaving a “skeleton crew” of two engineers to handle support […]

US pay TV households to pass 103 million this year

More than 103 million US households will subscribe to pay TV services by the end of 2014, according to research by Parks Associates.  The new research, announced at CES in Las Vegas, claims that two-thirds of pay-TV subscribers expressed interest in features they currently do not have, with remote access to DVR content proving most […]

TiVo takes Roamio DVR into the cloud

DVR maker TiVo has demoed its Network DVR (NDVR) prototype at CES in Las Vegas, as it looks to replicate its TiVo Roamio DVR experience in the cloud. TiVo said that NDVR was a “natural extension of the TiVo solution” and will let viewers find, consume and socially share cloud-delivered content through the TiVo user interface. […]

MultiChoice adds new features to Explora DVR

South Africa-based MultiChoice has added new features to the DStv Explora DVR it launched in August. MultiChoice has added a range of new features including episode stacking, making individual episodes of the same series in catch-up automatically grouped in one folder. Other new features include a kids category in DStv Catchup and sub-genres for movies, […]

TiVo launches out-of-home Roamio streaming

DVR maker TiVo has launched out-of-home streaming on its TiVo Roamio Pro and TiVo Roamio Plus DVRs for the first time. TiVo said that customers can now stream and download live TV and recorded content to their smartphones and tablets from anywhere, providing a “better experience for TV lovers.” “Until now, your shows have been locked […]

RGB Networks launches cloud DVR platform

Technology provider RGB Networks has launched CloudXtream DVR, a cloud-based DVR platform for cable operators and other video service providers at the Cable-Tec Expo show in the US.  The platform, built on RGB’s network DVR (nDVR) product suite, is said by RGB Networks to overcome the storage challenges of cloud-based DVR thanks to the use […]

TiVo to debut next generation Network PVR

TiVo is due to debut a prototype of its next generation cloud television offering at IBC, the TiVo Network PVR.  The device will enable consumers to easily find, consume and socially share cloud-delivered content through the TiVo user interface, TiVo said. The DVR maker claimed that the Network PVR is an “important next step for […]

TiVo adds Opera software to Roamio boxes

DVR maker TiVo is integrating Opera software into its recently-launched Roamio platform, in a move that it said would “enhance the power of web technologies” on TiVo devices. The deal will see TiVo incorporate the Opera TV Solution, enabling users to download HTML5 Apps covering areas such as business, entertainment, fashion and sports. The Opera […]