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Midcontinent Tags TiVo

Midsize cable operator Midcontinent Communications is the latest MSO to jump on the TiVo bandwagon.

Midcontinent, which serves about 229,000 video subscribers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota, plans to deploy TiVo's whole-home and multiscreen suite of products. Under the deal, TiVo eventually will be the exclusive software offering on all new DVR devices throughout Midcontinent’s footprint.

TiVo’s pay-TV clientele includes Charter Communications, DirecTV, Suddenlink Communications, Mediacom Communications, RCN, GCI, Grande Communications and U.K. cable operator Virgin Media.

Under its deal with TiVo, Midcontinent will deliver a multiroom-video service through a variety of devices and screens including multituner gateways, IP set-top-boxes and mobile platforms. The operator plans to first deploy the TiVo experience for its subscribers in South Dakota

Midcontinent subscribers will be able to use the TiVo-based devices to access content from linear TV, video-on demand and online.

"We are excited to work with TiVo to deliver the next evolution of our video product to our subscribers quickly and cost effectively,” Midcontinent vice president of technology Jon Pederson said in a statement. “For years, TiVo has been viewed as the gold standard of television user experiences, so we look forward to partnering with them to deliver their latest generation of products for our subscribers."

Separately, TiVo has won large patent-litigation settlements with Dish Network, AT&T and Verizon Communications. The company has filed patent-infringement lawsuits against Time Warner Cable, Cisco Systems and Motorola Mobility.