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Tivo drops anchor in Alaska

Alaskan cable provider General Communication (GCI) has selected Californian DVR innovator TiVo to exclusively provide a whole-home TV solution and user experience for advanced TV offerings across every screen, including mobile devices in the home.

The deployment will start later this year and cover GCI’s entire TV footprint by early 2013, offering linear cable television with integrated on-demand and broadband content through the TiVo user interface, including personalised recommendations and powerful search and discovery capabilities.

The TiVo whole home solution initially includes the Premiere Q 4-tuner gateway DVR, TiVo Mini low-cost IP set-tops and the TiVo Stream, which enables access to content across tablets and smartphones in the home.

GCI also intends to be one of the first operators to use the TiVo Software and Service in conjunction with the Pace XG1 multi-tuner gateway with integrated DOCSIS and transcoding capabilities.

Anchorage-headquartered GCI is currently the largest communications provider in Alaska, serving voice, video and data services across the largest state in the US, with a 70% share of the consumer broadband market.

TiVo unveiled a new four-tuner model called the Premiere 4 earlier this week, designed to serve as the hub to a TiVo-based whole-home setup and conceived as a more affordable version of its four tuner, two terabyte TiVo Premiere XL4

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