Report: New TiVo DVR Might Be On The Way
Fans of one of the inventors of time-shifting DVR technology, TiVo, might be pleased to know that its set-top box plans continue to evolve.
A recent FCC filing indicates the company appears to be readying the launch of a next-generation unit, which is apparently called the TiVo Edge.
Variety first reported the FCC filing this week after it was submitted by TiVo’s contract manufacturer, Arris. Arris, which was the maker of TiVo’s Bolt DVR products, will apparently make the hardware for the new unit.
So far, TiVo isn’t talking about the device, but Variety said that it was able to determine from the FCC documents that the new model will be a “Series 7″ DVR. That would signify the first major update in the company’s set-top box lineage since the Series 6 Bolt first made its debut in 2015.
Variety said it picked up the “Edge” name from a label in the FCC filing, so unclear is whether it will be a trade marked brand for marketing or just a code name for the product in development.
Furthermore, the report said documents indicate that the DVR is positioned for use with encrypted cable services. Bolt DVRs were designed as a direct-to-consumer product for both cable users and cord cutters.
Exact specifications and features were not immediately available.
Unclear is whether TiVo intends to market the “Edge” direct-to-consumers or only through cable providers, as it has done on some models in the past.
The hardware news comes after TiVo revealed in March that it intends to split into two companies in order to separate the IP licensing operations from the products business.
TiVo reported in its May first-quarter earnings call that 22 million pay TV households around the world are using its “advanced television experience.”
By Greg Tarr
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