TiVo has struck a partnership with pay TV security provider Conax that could bring its new user interface to cable customers in Scandinavia, mainland Europe and India, the company announced today. Norway-based Conax provides security solutions to a number of cable, satellite and IPTV operators in Europe and Asia, touting a total footprint of more than 100 million households in over 80 countries.
TiVo introduced a new UI that closely integrates broadcast with broadband content with the launch of its TiVo Premiere devices in the U.S. last week. The deal with Conax could now bring this new UI as well as TiVo’s DVR features to set-top boxes of Conax customers, many of which are smaller players that couldn’t afford to develop a similar solution on their own.
Some of Conax’ customers include Dish TV India, Dutch DTT operator KPN and Tele2Vision in Sweden, but it’s unclear which customers will make use of TiVo’s interface. Conax said in a press release that there is already high interest from “key customers.” The solution is expected to be commercially deployed by 2011.
TiVo has had a mixed record of bringing its products to customers outside of the U.S. The company tried to enter the U.K. market through a partnership with satellite TV provider Sky+ in 2001, but eventually withdrew in 2003.
It also recently announced a new partnership with Virgin to develop the company’s next-generation set-top box. TiVo has been selling its devices through a partner in Australia since 2008, but it most recently announced that it has no immediate plans to sell its new Premiere device down under.
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