TiVo Takes Scandinavian Cruise

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Telenor's Canal Digital struck a deal with TiVo under which the satellite TV operator has exclusive rights to provide TiVo-based products to customers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

The TiVo platform will serve as Canal Digital's next-generation video platform, integrating linear satellite and terrestrial TV channels, video-on-demand and a variety of Internet-delivered video services. Canal Digital's first "networked" set-top with the TiVo user interface also will include capabilities such as universal search, home networking and integration with mobile devices.

"After considering many partners who could help us deliver this promise, we concluded that TiVo was head and shoulders above the rest," Telenor Broadcast CEO Christian Albech said in a statement. "TiVo remains the gold standard for television user interface and offers an unmatched level of ongoing innovation for the consumer and the operator."

Canal Digital and TiVo will be working with Telenor subsidiary Conax for conditional access solutions as the companies implement and launch an integrated product. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Telenor Broadcast, based in Oslo, Norway, has about 900 employees and owns Canal Digital, Norkring, Conax and Telenor Satellite Broadcasting.

TiVo has struck agreements with Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, RCN, Suddenlink Communications, Virgin Media in the U.K. and other pay-TV providers to variously provide TiVo-based services, resell its DVRs or provide better integration with TiVos.

But the company has steadily lost customers over the last four years, dropping 666,000 subscribers over the 12 months that ended July 31 -- 22% of its customer base -- to stand at 2.38 million.

TiVo is scheduled to report earnings for the quarter ended Oct. 31 next Tuesday, Nov. 23.