TiVo Debuts Prototype Harmonic-Powered Cloud PVR
— This, from TiVo: TiVo is debuting a prototype of its next-generation
television offering, which includes new TiVo features delivered with
a networked PVR, during the IBC show
The TiVo Network PVR will
use TiVo’s cloud
service. This is the next step for operators considering a transition to IP-delivered content and use of IP clients and consumer-provided devices, TiVo said. TiVo’s Network PVR extends the TiVo Service and user
experience while enabling consumers to locate, consume and socially
share cloud-delivered content through the TiVo user interface.
In addition to moving the
Roamio experience to the cloud, the service would allow operators and programmers to manage content rights, create multiple tiers of network PVR features, and multiscreen policies. For instance, operators deploying TiVo network
PVR could offer a premium nPVR service with expanded catch-up and save
options. The service would also allow programmers to target advertising in cloud-hosted time-shifted content.
The content is prepared using Harmonic’s integrated
multiscreen solution—the ProMedia Live
real-time multiscreen transcoder with enhanced H.264 for high-quality adaptive bitrate video streams,
ProMedia Package adaptive stream preparation application, ProMedia
Origin HTTP streaming video server, and Harmonic MediaGrid shared
storage to address the demand for video delivery to Internet and
Additionally, TiVo plans to activate co-viewing features through social networks and
recommendations across separate content libraries. E.g.,
TiVo’s nPVR service would allow a viewer to share a recorded program
with an authorized user who missed the show with a few clicks of
the remote control.