TiVo's CEO: We're working with Comcast: CNET Conversations
CNET Conversations: TiVo's CEO: We're working with Comcast3:14 /
In a CNET Conversation, TiVo's CEO says he thinks Comcast knows its DVR doesn't cut the mustard, and TiVo is right there to fill the void.
^M00:00:00 [ Music ] ^M00:00:07 >>What's going on with the Comcast deal, there's been talk of a Tru2way solution, talk of, you know, there was an actual TiVo unit rollout in New England and then, what's going on there? >>Well, that continues to be available in New England but it was put together with what we would call pre Tru2way technology behind it. And as you know, the bigger players in the cable industry are moving to Tru2way and are very focused on the rollout of Tru2way to markets and they're paying us to develop a Tru2way version of TiVo which we are in the midst of. I think the issue for the cable industry has been that Tru2way has been a longer project than many of them would've liked and as a result, our future deployment which is somewhat connected to that Tru2way activity has been somewhat slowed, but we're also quite hopeful that what we are able to offer today to consumers is something that the cable industry is increasingly finding benefits in and makes us optimistic that there will be some opportunities there for us to proceed with that are not yet fully visible to the world. So, there's a lot for us, we think by way of future opportunity with the cable industry, the Tru2way thing continues in development and if you're lucky enough to live in New England, you can get a downloadable version of TiVo to your existing set-top box. >>So, what about the box? I know you have a deal with RCN to distribute the actual TiVo premier hardware, why haven't you made a deal with Comcast or Time Warner to be, you know, instead to supplant Scientific America or Motorola, it seems to me that people would want that hardware? >>Well, we have in fact done some cable deals that are based on the new premier look and feel, notably, RCN and actually Virgin in the UK. In the case of RCN, it actually does involve our hardware as well as our software and effectively turning our box into the equivalent of a cable provision set-top and that is a conversation that has increasing traction with the cable industry. Forget about the top biggest guys in the industry admitted, but most of the rest don't have Tru2way as an option and are sitting there looking at a world that is increasingly about how do you bring broad dip band choice to the television screen and there not being any great technological solution available for them to do that and we find ourselves front and center with a number of operators as a key means of trying to do that and I think people are watching the RCN deployment which will be taking place over the next few months as a way to really get comfortable with the fact that we do have a fully baked cable solution, so your points well taken.