TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), and EarthLink Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK), today announced an agreement to offer bundled Internet and television services, through the stand-alone TiVo Series2 Dual Tuner (DT) DVR and TiVo service and EarthLink branded dial-up, DSL, or digital voice services.
The agreement brings together two companies with a passion for delivering high value services in a simple, safe package for consumers. EarthLink has a reputation for greatly simplifying the broadband experience while TiVo is known for providing television viewers the best way to watch television by making it both simple and easy. Together, EarthLink and TiVo can provide a unique bundle that further enhances EarthLink’s DSL data services with TiVo’s innovative broadband video offerings, including the recently announced Amazon Unbox on TiVo. Subscribers can also receive the traditional features for which TiVo has become known, including Season Pass recordings, WishList searches, online scheduling, TiVo KidZone, TiVoToGo transfers, and TiVo’s easy-to-use online services, all of which extend EarthLink’s delivery of safe, easy-to-use services into the living room.
“TiVo delivers an unmatched DVR experience, bringing all sources of video — broadcast, cable, broadband — together into a seamless interface for the consumer,” said Naveen Chopra, Vice President Corporate Development at TiVo. “We are excited to team up with EarthLink and believe that together we can deliver a powerful combination of the TiVo Service and broadband to consumer living rooms.”
“EarthLink is pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to enhance their online and television experience through the TiVo service,” said Gary Sonnier, Vice President of Consumer Access Products at EarthLink. “This combined offering not only provides customers the simplicity and value of a bundle, but also provides seamless access to the growing portfolio of content and services that are being delivered via the Internet, directly to the living room.”
Demand for DVRs has been one of the primary drivers of bundled entertainment offerings. EarthLink and TiVo can now offer consumers packages that include the leading DVR with DSL access and digital phone service at a lower cost than most alternatives.
EarthLink will begin marketing the bundle later this year. In the future, the parties could utilize TiVoCast to deliver additional content via broadband to EarthLink subscribers who use the TiVo service. Specific pricing and financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
As the nation’s next generation Internet service provider, Atlanta-based EarthLink has earned an award-winning reputation for outstanding customer service and its suite of online products and services. Serving over five million subscribers, EarthLink offers what every user should expect from their Internet experience: high-quality connectivity, minimal online intrusions and customizable features. Whether it’s dial-up, high-speed, voice, web hosting, wireless or “EarthLink Extras” like home networking or security, EarthLink connects people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. Learn more about EarthLink by calling (800) EARTHLINK or visiting EarthLink’s Web site at http://www.EarthLink.net.
About TiVo Inc.
Founded in 1997, TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO) pioneered a brand new category of products with the development of the first commercially available digital video recorder (DVR). Sold through leading consumer electronic retailers and other distributors, TiVo has developed a brand which resonates boldly with consumers as providing a superior television experience. Through agreements with leading satellite and cable providers, TiVo also integrates its full set of DVR service features into the set-top boxes of mass distributors. TiVo’s DVR functionality and ease of use, with such features as Season Pass recordings and WishList searches and TiVo KidZone have elevated its popularity among consumers and have created a whole new way for viewers to watch television. With a continued investment in its patented technologies, TiVo is revolutionizing the way consumers watch and access home entertainment. Rapidly becoming the focal point of the digital living room, TiVo’s DVR is at the center of experiencing new forms of content on the TV, such as broadband delivered video, music and photos. With innovative features, such as TiVoToGo and online scheduling, TiVo is expanding the notion of consumers experiencing “TiVo, TV your way.” The TiVo service is also at the forefront of providing innovative marketing solutions for the television industry, including a unique platform for advertisers and audience measurement research. The Company is based in Alviso, California.
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