Just last month, TiVo introduced the Roamio DVR and fans rejoiced—well, some of them. However, not everyone is looking to upgrade their DVR box. For those people, TiVo has the Network PVR.
Now, you should know that it’s looking like the average homeowner can’t just go out and buy up the Network PVR, also known as nPVR. Instead, it appears to be something you’d tap into through your service provider. You never know, though.
The idea is that the nPVR would help operators make the transition to IP-delivered content, all while offering low-cost clients to its customers. Those options may include tablets, smartphones and such. Of course, those same users should also be able to feast their eyeballs on that same content while outside of the home.
So basically, the nPVR puts the Roamio experience in the cloud. TiVo is also promising some new features, including something that will enable co-viewing experiences through social networks as well as recommendations. It would also allow viewers to share a recorded program with an authorized user, via a few simple clicks of the remote.
TiVo was showing off the technology all last week at ICB 2013 in Amsterdam. The company has yet to announce availability for the cloud-based service.
“Operators are becoming more and more focused on the reducing capital expenditure while enhancing subscriber satisfaction across every screen inside and outside the home. TiVo’s Network PVR could play an important role in this process as it would bring an experience, which has proven to improve customer satisfaction and operating metrics for global operators, fully to the cloud,” said Joshua Danovitz, VP of innovation at TiVo. “This demonstration is a testament to TiVo’s commitment to innovations that improve the consumer’s ability to access all the content they want, whenever they want it. The natural evolution of the TiVo service to address network storage is one of the cornerstones of an overall TiVo strategy to deliver an experience that delights the consumer on every screen while driving down pay TV operator costs.”
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