TiVo Announces Deals with Vodafone, Liberty Latin America

TiVo used the occasion of the IBC Show in Amsterdam today to announce two new international customers wins, as well as detail the splitting of its products and IP licensing business.

For starters, the vendor said that Vodafone Group is deploying TiVo’s Personalized Content Discovery technology as part of its Vodafone TV service in Portugal. In fact, TiVo said Portugal will be the first country to use its new “Intelligent Voice Search” feature, a natural language solution that enables user to find content by speaking into their remotes.

Separately, TiVo announced that Liberty Latin America will use its Next-Gen Platform, starting in Puerto Rico. TiVo's Next-Gen Platform offers a range of products powered by our cloud-based TiVo service.

“TiVo’s Next-Gen Platform is unique in giving us the flexibility to introduce new, tailored video products and services at scale to serve our different customer segments and markets, while staying ahead of our competitors,” said Vivek Khemka, senior VP and chief technology and product officer for Liberty Latin America. “We are committed to bringing the latest entertainment innovations to our customers and TiVo is the best partner for us to achieve that with.”

In an interview with Bloomberg at IBC earlier this week, Dave Shull, who joined on as TiVo’s CEO in May, outlined plans to split up the San Jose, California technology company.

Shull said he wants to split off TiVo’s patent business by the first half of next year, while having that spinoff assume the bulk of TiVo’s debt and tax credit. The products business—which just made the aforementioned deal announcements at IBC—would carry on with the TiVo name. 

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