TiVo Predicts Spring 2020 Split

TiVo has set a deadline of sorts regarding plans to split out its products and its intellectual property/licensing businesses, predicting that it will complete the move by April 2020. Tied to an effort to goose shareholder value and reduce the complexities of its businesses, TiVo announced the plan to split into two separate, publicly traded companies in May 2019.

TiVo’s Ad-Supported Streamer TiVo+ Launches

TiVo+, the ad-supported streaming platform the company built with help from Xumo, officially launched for TiVo subscribers. The service will be rolling out to TiVo customers over the next few weeks.

TiVo Unveils New Video Network, 4K UHD Device

TiVo+ is the company’s new video network, while TiVo EDGE is a home entertainment viewing unit.

TiVo Integrates Demo Attributes, Ad Airings

TiVo’s TV Viewership Data offering now incorporates Kantar, Drawbridge data and premium demographic attributes.

TiVo To Split Into Two Companies

TiVo Corp.’s board approved a plan to split its product division from its intellectual property licensing unit, as the set-top box maker looks to attract buyers for its businesses. The company has been exploring options for its business for over a year, considering everything from an outright sale to going private.

TiVo Fires Another Lawsuit At Comcast

TiVo has lobbed yet another lawsuit at Comcast, alleging that the cable operator is infringing on six patents that, it claims, have linkages to Comcast-supplied DVR and non-DVR set-top box devices and broadband gateways and various services and apps that run on them.

Redbox Taps TiVo To Increase Personalization, Content Discovery

Redbox has chosen TiVo to deliver engaging, personalized content experiences to its customers via its Personalized Content Discovery platform. Redbox offers new-release movie and video game rentals with more than 41,500 kiosks nationwide and a new streaming service, Redbox On Demand. Redbox is deploying TiVo’s Personalized Content Discovery platform, including Search, Recommendations and Insights, to […]

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TiVo Swings To 4Q Loss Amid Talks To Split Product And Licensing Businesses

No End In Sight For TiVo-Comcast Fight

In another sign that TiVo/Rovi is prepared to go to the mat in its legal fight with Comcast, the company has fired off another lawsuit against the MSO, alleging that Comcast is infringing on eight patents.

Amazon Planning DVR, Challenging TiVo

Amazon.com is developing a new device that records live TV, working around cable providers and encroaching on TiVo Corp.’s market, according to a person familiar with the plans. The device, dubbed “Frank” inside Amazon, is a new type of digital video recorder for the streaming era. It would include physical storage and connect to Amazon’s existing Fire TV boxes, the living room hub for the company’s online video efforts, according to the person.

TiVo Might Sell Off Its Products Business

Comcast Wins Battle In Patent War With TiVo

TiVo Shares Drop As CEO Rodriguez Quits

TiVo Corp., which is already reviewing its strategic options as a company, said its CEO made a “personal decision” to resign less than a year in the role. Enrique Rodriguez is becoming chief technology officer at Liberty Global, a major cable operator in Europe and a longtime customer of TiVo’s. Raghu Rau, a board member at TiVo, will step in as interim CEO as a search gets under way.

TiVo: Price Is Top Factor In Cord Cutting

Pay TV pricing is the biggest factor in the consumer decision to cut the cord, and it continues to increase in relevance, according to TiVo’s latest quarterly “Online Video and Pay-TV Trends Report.” According to the technology company’s research division, 86.7% of pay TV refugees listed price as their top reason for cutting the cord, a 6.6% uptick over TiVo’s 4Q 2016 report.

TVN FOCUS ON SPOT REVENUE

Big Data Portends Big Changes To Spot Buys

Ad sellers — broadcasters and cable networks — are wading deeper into data pools so that they are helping advertisers and their agencies program-target their buys and avoid undervaluing their time.

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Stakes Run High For Tivo In Comcast Suit

TiVo Hits Comcast With More Patent Lawsuits

TiVo Corp. has again sued Comcast, charging the cable operator of using its patented interactive programing technology without authorization, the latest salvo in the companies’ long-running royalty dispute.

New TiVo Platform Aims to Help MVPDs

TiVo is introducing a next-generation platform designed to allow mid-size pay-TV operators to embrace IPTV and offer customers a modern, app-based user experience across a range of devices. It’ll be on display next week at CES in Las Vegas.

Comcast Exploring Patent Ruling Workaround

TiVo Wins Set-Top Patent Case Against Comcast

TiVo Announces Voice-Controlled DVRs

DVR maker TiVo today officially confirmed the launch of its new DVR, the TiVo BOLT VOX, and its smaller counterpart, the TiVo Mini Vox, following yesterday’s leak. As had been reported, the biggest change is that these are the first TiVo DVRs to include a voice remote control.

Cable Subs Limit Viewing To A Few Channels

Pay-TV customers often have hundreds of channels at their fingertips, but the vast majority of them watch fewer than 10. TiVo’s quarterly Video Trends Report found that 83.5% of pay-TV users surveyed watched 10 channels or fewer, and the number of individuals who watch 11 or more channels was down 2.6% from the previous quarter.

Comcast Loses Ruling In TiVo Patent Dispute

An administrative law judge has ruled that Comcast and set-top vendors Arris and Technicolor have infringed on two patents belonging to TiVo. Rovi Corp. complained to the International Trade Commission in April 2016 that Comcast and its vendor partners were infringing on six patents related to digital video recording and interactive program guides.

TiVo Shares Jump On Initial ITC Ruling

TiVo shares soared Tuesday on positive news from the International Trade Commission regarding its patent dispute with Comcast and others. In an SEC filing Tuesday, TiVo said it received the final initial determination issued by the ITC’s administrative law judge, which concludes Comcast violated two patents.

TiVo CEO Tom Carson Set To Retire

TiVo said Carson will remain in his position until a successor can be appointed. He’ll remain an adviser to the new CEO and the board upon his leaving.

TiVo Taps Horstman To Run Audience Platform

Walt Horstman, a pioneer of programmatic TV advertising, has joined TiVo  as SVP-GM of analytics and advertising, a role that will put him in charge of both the data and the advertising markets that TiVo helps make and influence.

TiVo Digs Into Cord-Cutting Details

TiVo released its 4Q 2016 Video Trends Report, which brings insight into the state of pay-TV. Of the 17% of the respondents without a pay-TV provider, 19.8% of the segment cut service in the last 12 months. The three main reasons for cutting pay-TV service are its high expense, the use of Internet streaming services, and the desire for only basic channels through an antenna.

TiVo To Add Red Netflix Button On Pay-TV Remotes

TiVo Settles DVR Patent Suit Against Samsung

Samsung no longer has to fear a patent infringement suit from TiVo: The DVR pioneer — recently bought by Rovi, which changed its name — announced a “broad intellectual property license” with Samsung that includes a stay of their litigation “upon satisfaction of certain conditions.”

TiVo/Rovi Reups Panasonic Patent Deal

Show Dumping Is Affecting OTT, Premium TV

TV viewers are now quicker to leave TV shows they love because they can be too difficult to find — and/or too costly. A global TiVo study of 5,550 pay TV and over-the-top (OTT) subscribers says 37% have stopped watching a TV program — called “show dumping” — because it became too difficult to access the content.

TiVo Added 239,000 Cable Subs In 2Q

Core TV Channels Shrink In Second Quarter

Reports say 83% of consumers watch 10 or fewer channels, with 2% fewer respondents watching 11 to 20-plus channels — down 1.5% versus a year ago; 2.0% from two years ago, and 4.1% from three years ago.

Rovi Buying TiVo For $1.1 Billion

Entertainment technology company Rovi has purchased original DVR service TiVo for $1.1 billion, or $10.70 per share. Talks of such an acquisition heated up last month, and now it’s official. That $10.70 price represents a premium of approximately 40 percent over TiVo’s closing stock price of $7.66 on March 23 — the last trading day prior to media speculation about a possible transaction.

NCTC Close To SVOD Agreement With Netflix

TiVo And Rovi Working Toward Merger

Rovi Corp. and TiVo Inc. are seeking to resolve differences over valuation and intellectual property, as the digital entertainment companies continue active merger talks, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apple Could Up Its TV Game By Buying TiVo

Apple has put plans for its own “skinny” streaming bundle on hold, but the tech giant could expand its presence in the television space with the acquisition of DVR maker TiVo, according to an analyst with Albert Fried. Reports surfaced in late March that TiVo was in talks to be acquired by Rovi, a supplier of interactive program guides. While the analyst says that deal has merits, a TiVo acquisition by a consumer electronics company like Apple, Amazon or Microsoft is more attractive.

TiVo Reportedly Talking Merger With Rovi

TiVo: Brands That Move From TV Ads Suffer

TiVo’s research division released a new report suggesting brands are penny-wise but dollar-foolish when they move their advertising dollars out of television.

TiVo Adds Another 318K MSO Subs In 4Q