With an international hodge-podge of tech and media entities converging in Amsterdam for the International Broadcasting Conference this week, TiVo and Harmonic are using the occasion to showcase a network DVR prototype using Harmonic’s back-end tech and TiVo’s popular user interface.
TiVo vows to reduce operator capital expenditures while helping distributors manage complex content rights and create a more uniform user experience, as it enables ops to distribute IP-delivered content to multiple devices using low-cost boxes or consumer-purchased devices like tablets and smartphones. TiVo’s “network PVR” or “nPVR” also plans contextual promotional capabilities, social TV and recommendation filtering across disparate libraries of content.
TiVo and Harmonic have a history together, as they deployed the Virgin TV Anywhere solution in the U.K.
“Extending the TiVo service to address network storage, as well as enabling the oversight and management of complex content rights and operator policies, is a core strategy in moving operators to a full IP environment,” said TiVo vp, innovation Joshua Danovitz. “This prototype offering is a clear example of how TiVo can use its deep TV industry expertise to help operators evolve to deliver a cohesive next generation viewing experience.”
It’s all part of TiVo’s overall push at IBC, which includes showcasing its full hybrid QAM/IP and full IPTV devices at the show.