Comcast, TiVo Team Up in Boston

National service will roll out later
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2008 10:24 AM CST
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts talks about the cable company's alliance with the recording service TiVo at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – TiVo and Comcast have rolled out their promised joint service in the Boston area, with national distribution to follow. The service sends TiVo software to Comcast-provided digital video recorders in a first that TiVo hopes to repeat with other cable providers, USA Today reports. TiVo lost hundreds of thousands of customers when DirecTV turned to an in-house DVR.

The deal is a test of Comcast’s new Tru2way technology that will allow non-proprietary hardware, such as TVs and DVRs, to access interactive services such as video-on-demand. “The key question is, is it cool and slick enough to justify a premium price?” asks one analyst. The service comes with a monthly fee of $2.95, and $12.95 for Comcast’s DVR service.