TiVo, Starz Encore Broaden Relationship


San Jose, Calif.-Starz Encore GroupandTiVo Inc. have inked a deal to co-develop subscription video-on-demand (S-VOD) for TiVo's "Personal TV" service. The agreement stems from Starz Encore's private equity investment in TiVo last year, the companies said. That round of financing-which also included backing from CBS Corp., Comcast Corp., Cox Communications Inc., Discovery Communications Inc., The Walt Disney Co., Gemstar-TV Guide, Advance/Newhouse and Liberty Digital Inc.-netted TiVo about $32.5 million.

Under terms of the expanded pact, TiVo will incorporate Starz Encore's S-VOD service, which gives customers on-demand access to the network's commercial-free movies for a monthly fee. In contrast, traditional video-on-demand hawks shows on an a la carte basis.

TiVo's "Network Highlights" feature currently highlights Starz Encore, Home Box Office and Showtime, among other networks, allowing customers to scan program titles and direct TiVo to record them.