CABLEVISION, S.A. de C.V. (CABLEVISION), Mexico’s largest digital cable operator, and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced that they have entered into an agreement to distribute the TiVo(R) DVRs and TiVo(R) Service to CABLEVISION’s subscribers throughout Mexico City.
TiVo is heading south of the border! Not counting TGC, which is a separate entity, this is the first time TiVo is being offered in a non-English speaking region. (No, Quebec doesn’t count.) Since they’ve developed a Spanish language version of the UI, that opens some more possibilities for the future as well.
Initially, the service offered by CABLEVISION will utilize TiVo’s standalone DVR hardware platform. CABLEVISION expects to begin marketing bundles that include the TiVo DVRs and TiVo Service in the first half of 2007.
Since the article repeatedly talks about how they’re digital services, I wonder what platform it is. I’d guess the S2DT in conjunction with an external box, since the S3 would be an expensive box to use – and Mexico doesn’t use CableCARD. (Though I suppose they could create a version just for this deployment, I doubt it.) I also note the ‘Initially’, which seems to indicate they’ll be bringing the software to the cable boxes or some other non-standalone platform.