NEW YORK After a long, slow buildup, Comcast today launched its Digital Video Recorder service with TiVo in Boston.
The new service combines TiVo’s interface and exclusive features with Comcast’s channel lineup and On Demand library, in the latter’s existing set-top box for an additional $2.95 above its standard HD DVR service.
It’s the first market Comcast and TiVo have launched since March 2005, when the two companies announced their strategic partnership to develop a version of the TiVo service for Comcast’s current DVR platform. Originally the firms planned to make the hybrid TiVo service available in a majority of Comcast markets in 2006.
“The Comcast DVR with TiVo service marks a milestone for both companies. For the first time ever, cable customers are able to instantly search across both television and On Demand using TiVo’s smart search features as well as use the TiVo interface to navigate all of their digital cable services,” said Jeff Klugman, senior vice president and general manager of TiVo.
Comcast is expected to roll out the DVR/TiVo service to additional markets later this year.