TiVo Integrates 4K Streaming Software With YouTube TV

TiVo April 5 announced that its branded “Stream 4K” and “TiVo Stream OS” are now integrated with online platform YouTube TV — the first such support of its kind among streaming products, according to TiVo.

TiVo Stream 4K affords users with a customizable program guide designed to bring together multiple streaming services and favorite channels into the functionality of a TV guide. The service offers national broadcast affiliates, including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, along with premier sports and news channels such as ESPN, NFL Network and PBS.

“As TiVo’s business has evolved from pioneering digital video recording to streaming products and services, our success has been grounded in understanding consumer preferences and delivering exactly what consumers want,” Ben Maughan, GM of stream platform, said in a statement. “The YouTube TV addition represents the largest content-related integration update since the launch of TiVo Stream 4K. Providing consumers with an integrated experience that includes premier live TV with a partner like YouTube TV is a significant step to becoming a leading streaming platform in the market.”

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The integration makes controlling the viewing experience easier and more efficient, and will include several enhancements to elevate the TiVo Stream 4K user experience with live and upcoming content in the following areas:

  • Users can access TiVo Stream 4K’s guide using the remote control to find sports, entertainment, comedy and news channels from YouTube TV.
  • Content that is on live TV or upcoming on YouTube TV is discoverable throughout the TiVo Stream 4K user experience.
  • Users can utilize TiVo Stream 4K’s voice and text search to find live and upcoming content on YouTube TV for a seamless interaction between the two platforms.

TiVo Looks to Bridge Gap Between Linear TV and Streaming

TiVo Feb. 28 announced the launch of TiVo Xtend, a platform of advertising software aimed at bridging the gap between linear TV and streaming via TV viewership data.

Ad-supported VOD and free ad-supported streaming television (or FAST) aims to deliver free content to viewers while subjecting them to targeted commercials.

As TV consumption shifts away from linear and toward OTT and VOD, advertisers are seeing their reach decline from traditional TV buys. TiVo’s new software is designed to allow advertisers to understand how audiences are engaging with their TV campaigns.

TiVo, which created the original DVR in 1999, continues to redefine home entertainment distribution with technology that focuses on personalization and making it easier to find and watch content. As a real-time data provider, TiVo claims to enable brands, agencies, programmers, publishers, platforms and measurement firms to integrate TiVo’s viewership and TV ad exposure data into their planning, measurement and attribution products and services.

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“With TiVo Xtend, advertisers can deliver incremental reach with their CTV campaigns and drive more impactful results,” Walt Horstman, SVP of monetization at TiVo, said in a statement. “Powered by our linear-TV viewership data, the [software] suite enables marketers to optimize outcomes for integrated campaign initiatives. The integration of our behavioral data will enhance the effectiveness of audience creation and targeted CTV placement.”

Key TiVo Xtend features include:

  • TiVo Xtend Data: Deterministic, first-party viewership data to identify who has or has not tuned into programming or seen a message from a brand or its competitor(s).
  • TiVo Xtend Audiences: Custom or pre-built programmatic audience segments, scaled and tested for precise digital targeting on CTV, PC, tablet and mobile.
  • TiVo Xtend CTV: Premium CTV inventory layered with Xtend or custom audiences to add incremental reach and frequency to linear across 40 million households.
  • TiVo Xtend Dynamic Ads: Dynamic, clickable ads placed within native TiVo Guides to promote content to relevant and engaged audiences.

TiVo Owner Xperi Looks to Spin-Off Intellectual Property Biz Following Q4 Loss

TiVo corporate parent Xperi is looking to spin-off its lucrative IP patent business as the tech company reorganizes following a disappointing fiscal quarter. The company posted a fourth-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2021) loss of nearly $15 million, compared with a profit of almost $180 million in the previous-year period.

Xperi IP is licensed to third-party media distributors, including Comcast, as they evolve their digital streaming platforms. The company said it generated $350 million in IP licenses in 2021, a tally that is projected to grow to $375 million in 2022.

“Our intent is to separate the IP and product businesses this fall,” CEO Jon Kirchner said on the fiscal call. Kirchner said the new unit’s name would be Adeia, which means “to license” in Greek.

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Meanwhile, Xperi said it grew its TiVo-themed IPTV subscribers more than 500% in 2021, which included the integration of MobiTV, now referred to as TiVo’s Managed IPTV service. The company also continued to integrate content onto the TiVo platform, adding Discovery+, PBS and CineLife to TiVo Stream 4K and TiVo+. TiVo Stream 4K now covers all major third-party streaming services.

“Our fourth quarter performance was solid, and we finished the year with revenue around the mid-point of our guidance and earnings above expectations,” Kirchner said. “I’m proud of how our team has navigated the shifting pandemic challenges to position the company for success.”

DEG Credits New Initiatives With Drawing 26 New Members This Year

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is entering its 25th year with an influx of new members, the trade group announced Dec. 2.

The newest DEG members include Altman Solon, Anuvu, BIGtoken, Guts + Data, IRIS.TV, NAGRA, Omdia, Plex, Synamedia, TiVo, Visual Data Media Services, Vobile and ZOO Digital. Spherex also returned as a member of DEG, bringing the number of new DEG member companies to 26 so far in 2021 (a total that includes 12 new members announced at the end of the first quarter).

DEG’s Direct-to-Consumer Alliance (D2CA), created in 2019, and Advanced Content Delivery Alliance (ACDA), new this year, play an increasingly important role in focusing DEG membership for the future and attracting new members across a broad swath of the digital entertainment industry, according to the trade group.

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“DEG’s wide reach across content creators, retailers, platforms and strategic vendors is an important part of its value to members, bringing companies in different industry segments together to work within DEG to advance industry positions and meet common goals,” said DEG chair Jim Wuthrich, president of content distribution for WarnerMedia. “The D2C Alliance and the Advanced Content Delivery Alliance are the latest examples of this community building, and I’m thrilled that so many new members see the value in DEG. I’m happy to welcome all of the new member companies to the DEG community.”

The new ACDA within DEG addresses advancements in technology to enable more and improved content delivery. ACDA member companies are aligned in committees addressing localization, supply chain efficiencies and security, cloud/edge computing and 5G.

The D2C Alliance represents the global direct-to-consumer media industry and supports its members to help create a robust marketplace to lead the new era of content consumption.

“We are thrilled about the expanding participation in DEG of advanced content delivery and direct-to-consumer companies,” said Amy Jo Smith, DEG president and CEO. “I’m grateful that they see the value of membership in DEG, which has been working harder and smarter than ever since last year to provide our members increased opportunities for business collaboration, education and networking.”

TiVo: Average Consumer Spending Up to $26 Per Month on Transactional VOD

In a crowded over-the-top video space, where the average consumer is spending $142.20 monthly on Internet and video, transactional VOD spending is holding its own.

The average consumer is spending up to $26 each month buying or renting movies across myriad digital platforms such as Redbox and Vudu, according to new data from TiVo.

Accordingly, 55% of respondents cited as top subscription streaming “pain points” their belief that there are too many video services and “things keep disappearing from the services I subscribe to.”

Citing responses from 4,500 adult survey participants in North America in the second quarter (ended June 30), TiVo found that respondents spent $112.10 monthly on pay-TV and high-speed Internet, and another $32.70 on streaming services. Broadband-only subs spent $28.10.

Separately, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video remain the most-used services. TiVo found that 45% of pay-TV subscribers also stream YouTube, Netflix and Prime Video, while just 7% of broadband-only subs do. The numbers would suggest that as new SVOD platforms Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock, Discovery+ and Apple TV+ expand distribution, consumer action follows.

But does it?

TiVo found that among pay-TV and broadband respondents with at least four streaming services, the additional player was the venerable SVOD platform Hulu, followed by upstart Disney+.

Just under 25% of pay-TV (and 18% of broadband) respondents indicated they’d cut or stopped subscribing to a paid streaming or live TV streaming service within the last six months; 19% noted canceling at least one video subscription due to their COVID-19 situation.

“While respondents cited a variety of reasons for canceling their streaming service, three of the top four reasons involved cost,” read the report. Indeed, nearly 70% admitted they’re not sure if they’re actually saving money on entertainment.

TiVo found that 55% of respondents are at their monthly spending limit, with 30% citing no fiscal room for an additional service, while 25% said they could only pay less than $10 per month for additional streaming services. More than 30% of respondents said that they could afford to pay more than $10 per month for additional streaming services.

TiVo Renews Product and Patent License Agreements With Panasonic

TiVo has renewed product and patent license agreements with Panasonic Corporation. Panasonic signed a new multiyear extension of the company’s products for the Japan market, including G-Guide, G-Guide HTML and G-Guide xD, enabling Panasonic to continue providing advanced entertainment discovery experiences across its TV, DVR and set-top box products.

The agreement also commits Panasonic to deploying the newly released OTT-Link functionality that enables consumers to deep link directly into content from within TiVo’s G-Guide, a content recommendation software platform.

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TiVo has spent decades investing in research and development to create technologies licensed to the media and entertainment industry. TiVo’s innovations make it easier for viewers to find, watch and record all their content across a multitude of platforms.

“Our continued collaboration with Panasonic to build and deploy innovative content discovery solutions is strengthened with this new agreement,” Matt Milne, chief revenue officer with TiVo parent Xperi, said in a statement.

TiVo Extends IP License With Fox

TiVo and Fox Corporation July 14 announced a long-term renewal of their patent license. The renewal provides Fox with continued and expanded coverage under TiVo’s patent portfolios.

“We are very pleased to conclude this agreement with Fox, a producer and distributor of content through world-leading Fox brands,” Samir Armaly, president of IP licensing at Xperi, said in a statement. “Fox has always worked to bring compelling content to its customers and continues to expand its direct-to-consumer audiences and capabilities.”

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TiVo has spent decades investing in research and development to create market-leading technologies broadly licensing them to the media and entertainment industry. TiVo’s innovations make it easier for viewers to find, watch, and enjoy all their content across a multitude of platforms.

TiVo Wins MobiTV Bankruptcy Asset Auction, Beating Roku, Others

TiVo has edged out a competing bid from Roku and others for the intellectual assets of bankrupt MobiTV, a distributor of software for on-demand programming, live TV, catch-up TV, network DVR and content recommendations without the need of a set-top box.

TiVo’s winning bid of $18.5 million, which includes $17.4 million in cash, beat a collective $18 million offer from Roku, patent licensor RPX and Amino Technologies. TiVo’s initial bid during the two-day process had been $13 million.

MobiTV, based in Emeryville, Calif., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 1, citing $10 million to $50 million in assets and $50 million to $100 million in liabilities.

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“The acquisition of the MobiTV assets immediately expands our capabilities and the addressable market for our IPTV solutions, helping to secure TiVo’s position as a leading provider of pay-TV solutions,” Jon Kirchner, CEO of Xperi, said in a statement. “As a result, the acquisition of MobiTV’s managed service assets will help accelerate our growth in the IPTV market through an increased subscriber footprint.”

MobiTV delivers a full TV platform, including live and on-demand content, network recording functionality and transport rights. The platform could provide an attractive extension of TiVo’s IPTV pay-TV service offerings by adding managed services with the ability to reduce deployment time and onboarding costs. MobiTV will help increase TiVo’s IPTV penetration with pay-TV operators enabling them to rapidly launch a branded, fully featured, app-based TV service. The acquisition includes MobiTV’s patent portfolio, which is highly complementary to Xperi’s existing media patent portfolio.

The closing of the transaction is subject to various conditions, including approval by the bankruptcy court. Subject to bankruptcy court approval and pending closing, Xperi expects MobiTV’s operations to continue in the ordinary course. The acquisition is expected to close by early June 2021 and to be accretive beginning in 2022.

DEG Expo on Feb. 25 to Focus on ‘Maturing D2C Landscape’

Josh Reader, president of Distribution and Development at AMC Networks, will be a featured speaker for DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group’s next DEG Expo, set for Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. PT. Reader will chat with Looper Insights CEO Lucas Bertrand about marketplace dynamics for targeted direct-to-consumer services in 2021 and beyond.

The topic of the Feb. 25 DEG Expo is “The Maturing D2C Landscape,” with a particular focus on the targeted services landscape and the role connected devices play in the consumer experience. The program was developed with DEG’s D2C Alliance Council working group, which represents the global direct-to-consumer entertainment industry and supports its members to help create a robust marketplace to lead the new era of content consumption.

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In addition to the Reader-Bertrand chat, the Feb. 25 DEG Expo also will present a panel discussion on the connected device experience, with Susan Agliata, director of Business Development, OTT Partnerships at Samsung; Ben Maughan, VP of New Ventures and Strategic Business Development for TiVo (Xperi); and John Buffone, executive director and industry analyst, Connected Intelligence, with The NPD Group. Other speakers include Kevin Westcott, vice chairman and National TMT Leader, Deloitte, who will present research on subscription churn; Andrea Downing, co-president, PBS Distribution; and DEG president and CEO Amy Jo Smith.

DEG launched the DEG Expo series last year to provide its members and the industry with education and community building opportunities through curated virtual events offering diverse perspectives on topics relevant to the digital media industry.

To learn more about joining the D2C Alliance or how to participate in this week’s D2C Expo, please contact Shannon Gregory at Shannon@degonline.orgRegister for the DEG Expo: The Maturing D2C Landscape here. See the full agenda here.

TiVo Extends License Deals With Vodafone, Sharp Corp.

TiVo continues to expand its digital content distribution, search functionality and other home entertainment technology with separate license software renewals with South Korea’s Sharp Corp. and U.K.’s Vodafone. Sharp will utilize TiVo’s G-Guide products, including G-Guide HTML, G-Guide xD and remote schedule recording service across compatible television and Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc recorder products in the Japanese market, including the latest AQUOS 8K UHD series televisions.

Vodafone, with more than 300 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband subs and more than 22 million TV customers, will have greater access to a range of TiVo products, including content discovery, voice-activated functionality and data analytics. The new agreement also provides access to TiVo’s myriad patented innovations.

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TiVo’s software touch practically every aspect of consumers’ day-to-day interaction with their home entertainment, enabling consumer electronics clients to build customized, next-generation digital entertainment solutions for users around the globe.

“This expanded agreement with Vodafone reinforces the value that TiVo’s innovative technology portfolio brings to the telecommunications industry,” Matt Milne, chief revenue officer at TiVo parent Xperi, said in a statement. “With this extension of TiVo’s services, Vodafone is maintaining its service offerings and keeping audiences engaged in the hugely competitive entertainment landscape.”

Milne said “Today’s renewal with Sharp Corporation underlines TiVo’s commitment to the Japanese market, where G-Guide continues to be the leading entertainment discovery solution.

“Our continuous dedication to innovation allows companies like Sharp to stay ahead, and viewers to find, watch and enjoy the entertainment they love.”