Well, that was fast. Texas MSO Grande Communications announced just over a month ago that they’d be providing TiVo to their customers, and it looks like they have already launched. Interestingly it sounds like the features may be a little bit different from RCN or Suddenlink. According to their FAQ users will be able to use Amazon Instant Video & YouTube, as well as Grande’s own OnDemand content, but Blockbuster OnDemand isn’t mentioned at all. Netflix and Hulu Plus are excluded due to contractual issues.
The first TiVo Premiere will cost Grande customers $12.99/month on top of their standard service fees. Each additional Premiere on the same account costs $14.99/month. And you will be able to MRV with retail TiVo units, though Grande OnDemand will not be available to retail Premieres. (I don’t really understand why MSOs who offer TiVo units with OnDemand can’t support retail units too.)
It is good to see this launch so quickly.