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Cogeco Completes TiVo Rollout

Cogeco Cable Canada said it has rolled out its new TiVo-powered offering in all operating markets following a launch Quebec.

Cogeco’s deployment, marking TiVo’s first with a Canadian MVPD, got underway in November 2014 in Ontario. Cogeco’s version integrates the Netflix OTT SVOD service alongside TiVo’s unified search platform. Cogeco’s TiVo service is also supported through the MSO’s TV app, which lets customers search and schedule recordings remotely, sideload DVR-recorded programs to smartphones and tablets, and stream live and recorded shows on mobile devices in the home.  Cogeco’s first version of the app runs on iPads and iPhones, but a new version for  Android devices is expected to debut sometime this spring.

Hoping to give its video subscriber base a boost, Cogeco picked TiVo after announcing  it had scrapped a plan to launch an alternative IPTV service. Atlantic Broadband, a Cogeco Cable subsidiary in the U.S., began to roll out a TiVo-powered service in the fall of 2013.

Cogeco also requires subs on its TiVo service to bundle in the MSO’s broadband service. Starting Monday (March 30), Cogeco is providing a new wireless cable modem outfitted with 802.11ac WiFi.

“Cogeco’s TiVo service will change our industry,” said Louise St-Pierre, president and CEO of Cogeco, in a statement. “We worked closely with TiVo to develop a platform that reflects the tastes and needs of Quebeckers, and we are proud to be able to offer it today. We developed Cogeco’s TiVo service to respond to what our customers consider important: a multi-screen experience that is intelligent, powerful, simple and mobile.”