Evolution Digital, a Colorado-based company focused on next-gen video platforms for small- and mid-sized operators, said it has signed a certified guide renewal deal with TiVo for the ongoing deployment of Evolution’s eGUIDE.
Evolution said eGUIDE can run on Evolution’s hybrid QAM/IP eBOX. Evolution said eGUIDE features rich graphics and a navigation scheme designed similarly to TiVo’s current i-Guide, and that the new platform will help cable operators in the U.S. and Canada with an IP-capable alternative to migrate legacy boxes to the more capable UI, which supports a 16:9 HD format.
Evolution Digital announced the original Fan TV-powered version of eGUIDE last year. Rovi, which completed its merger with TiVo last September, acquired Fan TV/Fanhattan in 2014. The initial version of eGUIDE includes access to Evolution Digital’s eVUE-TV IP video platform, which was launched last year.
“Evolution Digital joined forces with TiVo to further our mission of offering low-cost solutions for cable operators seeking to transition to IP video distribution,” Brent Smith, president and chief technology officer at Evolution Digital, said in a statement. “With eGUIDE, operators can easily upgrade customers with legacy set-top boxes and begin offering advanced IP video features, like Video on Demand, while minimizing user confusion by providing a familiar navigation scheme and remote control. It is a win-win for operators and for consumers.”
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“Evolution Digital’s eGUIDE complements TiVo’s line up of hybrid and full IPTV solutions, which can be customized with advanced features, like support for over-the-top services, to the broad spectrum of our customers’ entertainment discovery needs, added Michael Hawkey, TiVo’s SVP and GM.