TiVo’s Cable Partners Are Forbidden to Enable Netflix and Hulu Plus on Their Set-tops


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Newteevee has been covering what’s been going on with TiVo’s new cable box partners. It turns out that any cable operator TiVo licenses its platform to can’t support a Netflix or Hulu Plus app (coming soon) to supply network TV content outside the service. It’s no problem with an off-the-shelf CableCARD-equipped TiVo Premiere box, but a cable operator can’t, under contract, provide the same functionality through a set-top of their own without having to renegotiate its terms of service. Strange, right? This news also means that users of these cable set-top boxes will also be blocked from accessing movies through Netflix since the app is essentially blacklisted. Guess Google TV isn’t the only one feeling the pinch from TV networks. Affected TiVo partners include: Suddenlink, Cox, and RCN.




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  • Alton

    FYI, This has been discussed at length on the Engadget HD podcast in the past

  • http://www.facebook.com/megazone MZ MegaZone

    I would not expect this to effect Cox, just RCN & Suddenlink. RCN & Suddenlink distribute the TiVo Premiere hardware to their customers with specialized software loads for those MSOs. But the Cox deal is different, Cox will be supporting Cox VOD services on *retail* TiVo Premiere units – NOT supplying the hardware: http://blog.tivo.com/2010/08/tivo-and-cox-partner-to-offer-cox-on-demand-service-to-subscribers-with-a-tivo-premiere-box/

  • http://twitter.com/agrundner Alexander Grundner

    I see what you’re saying. Yeah, that kind of arrangement could work.