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Roku Strikes a Deal with TiVo

This week Roku struck a deal with TiVo that will help Roku improve its platform.

TiVo has a huge library of licenses and patents that device owners such as Roku need to pay for. Now Roku has struck a new deal to use a collection of some 6,000 patents owned by TiVo and, more importantly, for access to data from TiVo’s entertainment metadata and other TiVo products “to further power intuitive search and navigation.”

Although we don’t know exactly what Roku plans to do with these new rights it describes this deal as a “net new deal.” That likely means Roku is hoping to use this deal to grow its platform in some way or form.

Yet I wouldn’t expect this to be a Roku DVR. These deals seem to have more to do with content discovery and maybe/possibly the user interface.

Roku is not the only one paying up for this. Recently TiVo signed similar deals with Netflix and HBO. TiVo even has licensing deals for some of its patents with 9 of the top 10 US TV providers such as Comcast.

What does this mean?

First Roku now has the rights to sell boxes that use patented innovations from TiVo. Though the real news part of this contract is Roku getting new access to the data TiVo owns. TiVo has a long history of improving search and user interface for set-top boxes. Now it seems Roku will get to tap into that to help improve the Roku experience.

Don’t expect any quick changes. It takes some time to program and test out new features like these; however, it is a good sign for Roku fans.

Source: Variety

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9 Responses to Roku Strikes a Deal with TiVo

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    Richard smith April 13, 2017 at 7:56 am #

    No, this doesn’t mean TiVo boxes will Roku. Rovi the inventors of the Tv guide and many other tv pattens bought TiVo and used their name.

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    REP April 13, 2017 at 8:25 am #

    Roku can use Tivo’s TV Guide for OTT channels…that would be great.

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    analyzethis April 13, 2017 at 8:34 am #

    It’s not often you see a company being proactive with someone else’s patents. Kudos to Roku.

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    Keith Foster April 13, 2017 at 8:35 am #

    Dream would be Roku being able to access and stream content from a TiVo; live and recorded!

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      Richard smith April 13, 2017 at 8:46 am #

      You would need a TiVo that can transcode mpeg 2, because Roku won’t support it. Like a Tablo

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    filmex April 13, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    Love my Tivo Roamio OTA, and love my Roku. Have no idea what this union will mean but it sounds like it may be promising, in some yet unexplained way.

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      atKaylaWildflower January 17, 2018 at 4:23 am #

      So the two are compatible? I was thinking of getting a TV and Roamio OTA DVR now, using that to stream Netflix, and later, if I get bored and want more channels, get a Roku.

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        filmex January 17, 2018 at 6:57 am #

        Yeah, the OTA feed and the Tivo use one input on the TV and Roku uses another. And many apps such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora are built right into the Tivo Roamio, so you will only need the Roku if you want to expand the offerings you receive.

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    Michael K Pate April 13, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

    Before I cut the cord, I thought TiVo was doing a pretty good job with their interface linking to other services (Want to watch S1E1 of Arrow? You can get it through Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, etc.) It would be nice to have something like that on the Roku.