TiVo announced today that RCN will be the first operator to deploy its Next-Gen Platform.
Introduced at CES in January 2018, the IPTV-based Next-Gen Platform is targeted directly to pay TV operators, enabling them to blend linear and OTT services over managed network, to proprietary set-tops based on Linux and Android TV, popular streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, and mobile platforms like iOS and Android.
TiVo, meanwhile, can port its interface and overall user experience—which includes advanced search and recommendation—along with the customer, regardless as to what device the user chooses, thus achieving its broader goal of remaining relevant as pay TV consumers expand the ecosystem of devices beyond the cable or satellite set-top.
TiVo announced a deal to deploy the product last year with TDS Telecom, but says RCN will be first out into the market with it. RCN—which has long deployed TiVo’s operator-targeted products and services—said it will expand the use of the Next-Gen Platform across its pay-TV properties, which also include Grande Communications Networks and WaveDivision Holdings.
“After reviewing a number of solutions on the market, we were impressed with TiVo’s Next-Gen Platform and their commitment to helping us bring forth a compelling user experience, personalized recommendations, advanced voice functionality and multi-platform support to our customers,” said Patrick Murphy, CTO, RCN, Grande and Wave, in a statement. “Additionally, TiVo’s IPTV products provide advanced video solutions for our broadband-only subscribers and enhance the RCN viewing experience across mobile platforms.”
Added Jeffrey Glahn, VP of sales for TiVo: “We are excited to continue working with RCN and providing their customers with a feature-rich and highly personalized user experience that they can take with them across their favorite devices. TiVo’s future-proof product portfolio provides the flexibility, scalability and next-gen IPTV services that will enable RCN to demonstrate market leadership in an ever-evolving entertainment landscape.”