While ONO has reportedly already started customer installations of TiVo in Spain, it looks like the official launch will be in October. Both reports can be true, it isn’t unusual for a vendor to do a ‘soft launch’ before an official launch to work out the kinks. TiVo will initially be available in Madrid and Barcelona, expanding into other ONO service areas later. As I previously reported, ONO’s TiVo will include apps for Telecinco, RTVE, TV3, Canal Cocina, Decasa, Sl Música, Hollywood Quiz, Ivoox, Picasa, and El Tiempo; it will also include games familiar to US TiVo users Skull and Bones, Word Smith and Same Game. I have to wonder if the games have been localized, though I’d really expect so.
Guillermo Mercader, Ono’s DG of residential services, says it will cost €10 a month, which confirms the earlier reports. No mention was made of the €150 installation fee mentioned previously. The launch of TiVo is also ONO’s launch of HD services, and the new service will include twelve HD channels. That is an extra incentive for new subscribers seeking HD content. The TiVo platform will also include Videoclub ONO, which offers over 2,700 hours of new releases and free content, including HD & 3D.
ONO has invested over €9 billion in their network and an additional €150 million has been earmarked for the deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 and development of TiVo. Alongside the TiVo launch ONO has also boosted their fiber network to support broadband subscriptions of 100Mbps download & 10Mbps upload, available to seven million homes.
Things seem to be going well for TiVo in Spain, I hope it continues to be smooth sailing.
Via Broadband TV News.