ALVISO, CA--(Marketwire - 10/14/10) - TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO - News) today praised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for taking decisive action to spur the use of retail set-top boxes as an alternative to leasing cable-provided set-top boxes."TiVo applauds Chairman Genachowski and the FCC for ensuring that consumers using retail set-top boxes will have access to all cable programming delivered using switched digital techniques and removing pricing, installation, and other hurdles facing consumers who want a better box than is offered by their cable provider. Equal access to programming is critical to ensuring that retail boxes provide real choice to consumers. American consumers are the biggest beneficiaries of the FCC's strengthened rules requiring cable operators to accommodate subscribers using set top boxes purchased at retail and make sure that all consumers get all the channels that they have paid for. TiVo looks forward to continue working with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and its members to assure that consumers can utilize retail products to access cable programming services as easily as using operator-supplied equipment," said Matthew Zinn, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of TiVo Inc.The new FCC rules will go a long way toward fulfilling the promise of a smart video box as envisioned in the National Broadband Plan. "TiVo will work with the FCC, other consumer electronics companies, and cable operators to create in the video navigation device market the same environment for innovation and service that characterizes the markets for computers and smartphones," said Zinn.Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), the senior member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, recently called video navigation devices, "The Box that Time Forgot.""The FCC has finally remembered the set-top box -- and America's consumers will be the better for it," said Zinn.About TiVo Inc.
Founded in 1997, TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO - News) developed the first commercially available digital video recorder (DVR). TiVo offers the TiVo service and TiVo DVRs directly to consumers online at www.tivo.com and through third-party retailers. TiVo also distributes its technology and services through solutions tailored for cable, satellite and broadcasting companies. Since its founding, TiVo has evolved into the ultimate single solution media center by combining its patented DVR technologies and universal cable box capabilities with the ability to aggregate, search, and deliver millions of pieces of broadband, cable, and broadcast content directly to the television. An economical, one-stop-shop for in-home entertainment, TiVo's intuitive functionality and ease of use puts viewers in control by enabling them to effortlessly navigate the best digital entertainment content available through one box, with one remote, and one user interface, delivering the most dynamic user experience on the market today. TiVo also continues to weave itself into the fabric of the media industry by providing interactive advertising solutions and audience research and measurement ratings services to the television industry www.tivo.comTiVo, Season Pass, and the TiVo Logo are registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. or its subsidiaries worldwide. © 2010 TiVo Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.