Saturday, 6 April 2013

Network fault affects Virgin Media's TiVo

There's a network fault on Virgin's network at the moment which impacts on several TiVo features, including Catch Up & On Demand. This same fault also affects the TV Anywhere service.

Fortunately, the fault doesn't (or rather, shouldn't) affect recordings and playback of those recordings.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Liberty Global CEO: No plans to replace Virgin Media's TiVo for Horizon (for now)

Liberty Globals's CEO has stated that - for now - Virgin Media will continue to use and deploy TiVo within the UK digital cable network

Following Liberty's purchase of Virgin Media, there's been speculation that Liberty would be replacing TiVo with Horizon - Liberty's own next-generation TV platform. Recombu's comparison between the two platforms reveals some advantages for Horizon (like 4 tuners compared to 3 for Virgin's TiVo) and cons (no Catch-Up EPG - TiVo goes back 7 days).

Speaking via C21 Media, Liberty CEO Mike Fries believes that its too soon to compare the platforms or for Liberty to start swapping out TiVo hardware and firmware for Horizon:
Virgin has done a terrific job with TiVo and there’s been a tremendous acceptance among their digital subscriber base – 35% have already asked for the box and received it. We need to learn more about the device and the relationship, but from what we understand at this level, it’s working very, very well.

Thus far when you look at the market, TiVo is a leader in the connected TV space and Virgin Media, as a result, is driving the level of innovation that competitors can’t really react to. So I’d be surprised if we did anything to mess that up at this point.
Virgin's deal with TiVo is expected to run for another 4 years and isn't affected by the change of ownership for the Cable company. After that, all bets are off. Liberty may want to use their own product to standardise rollout through their European markets. Interestingly enough, Liberty Global did consider using TiVo firmware to deploy to their customers, before deciding to develop their solution which became Horizon.

BroadBandTVNews.Com speculates that there could be "some pooling of resources and a roadmap, probably several years down the line, which brings Horizon and TiVo somewhere together. Virgin’s 1.33 million and growing TiVo installs make it somewhat impractical to consider anything else."

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

1.33 million customers for Virgin Media's TiVo

The 2012 Q4 results are in. A total of 896,900 customers were TiVoed for the year, and 187,300 in the final quarter, for a total of 1.33 TiVo million customers and 35% of Virgin's TV customer base.

What does Liberty Global's purchase of Virgin Media mean for TiVo?

Well....not much really.

Following reports that the US-based Liberty Global was interested in buying Virgin - well, they didn't mess about. With a speed which would turn Virgin's TV channel negotiation team green with envy, Liberty Global sealed the deal in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Repercussions for Virgin's TV customers? None, yet. The company will still be called Virgin Media and despite Liberty Global owning their own STB software, Liberty will continue to use TiVo. If anything, the deal seems more about using Virgin's expertise within Liberty Global's existing cable operations, which operates in several European markets.

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