TiVo said it is adding the Walmart-owned VUDU video streaming service to its mix of apps for TiVo Roamio and TiVo Mini devices as part of a “rolling update” that will occur over the next few weeks.
TiVo customers will start to see the VUDU app appear starting this afternoon through mid-November.
Apps for VUDU as well as enhancements for Amazon Prime will also become available to earlier-generation Premiere boxes in a later update, sometime in 2015, according to this tweet posted Wednesday by the @TiVoSupport Twitter handle. The tweet was in response to a tweet and this blog post from ZatzNotFunny blogger Dave Zatz, who reported earlier that TiVo’s Winter Update would feature an updated version of the Amazon Instant Video app that enables streaming from the Amazon Prime Library and tacks on the VUDU app.
Regarding the addition of VUDU, a TiVo spokesman confirmed that the app will initially be offered only on TiVo devices sold at retail, and not yet on products leased by TiVo’s MVPD partners, which in the U.S. include Suddenlink Communications, RCN, Grande Communications, Mediacom Communications, GCI, Wave Division Holdings and Atlantic Broadband, among others.
The addition of VUDU gives TiVo retail customers access to an electronic purveyor of movies and TV shows for rent and purchase (VUDU supports UltraViolet digital locker format), including titles from programmers such as CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, and Showtime. VUDU estimates that its library contained more than 100,000 titles up to 1080p resolution.
“VUDU gives our customers even more choice and flexibility when it comes to searching for, accessing and enjoying a wide variety of content,” said Tara Maitra, SVP, general manager, content and media sales at TiVo, in a statement. “Now more than ever, TiVo makes it easy to consolidate all of your content into one, comprehensive experience that can then be accessed anywhere, anytime from your TV and mobile devices.”