Cox Communications and TiVo Sitting in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, Is a Cox Communications and TiVo Deal Looming?
Cox is asking a lot of questions about TiVo… – TiVo Community: “As you may or may not know, Cox offers DVR service. The DVR is built into the Cox digital receiver box and is operated using a Cox digital service remote control. While Cox currently offers its own DVR service, the Cox DVR may soon be powered by TiVo, and include the features that TiVo owners have come to expect.” — from a Cox Cable survey to their customers.
According to a thread at TiVo Community Forum, Cox Communications is out surveying their customers asking an awful lot of questions about TiVo including the question above which references that the Cox DVR may soon be powered by TiVo. You can see a list of the relevant TiVo related questions here.
Although TiVo has a relationship set with Comcast, there are no other major cable relationships at present. Cox would be a big deal. TiVo has said in the past that they are pursuing additional cable relationships and has put quite a bit of emphasis within the company on the technolgoy to run the TiVo/Comcast deal. TiVo does have a deal with DirecTV for servicing their TiVo DirecTV boxes. They are also currently running a test partnership with CableVision and have a deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), a purchasing organization that represents over 1,000 independent cable operators, which collectively serve around 14 million subscribers.
Earlier this year I was able to have lunch with TiVo senior manager Stephen Mack where we talked about TiVo strategy and where they were headed. One point that Mack made at our lunch was that the reason why TiVo was not interested in being bought or in exclusive partnerships was that by remaining independent they were able to serve more different companies in the marketplace. Certainly the continued expansion of these cable agreements would fall into this type of a strategy.
Major players still remaining for TiVo to pursue if they signed a deal with Cox could include TimeWarner, Charter Communications and the Dish Network. In Dish’s case sometimes an unwilling groom is best brought to the wedding with a shotgun.
Between the current partnerships and a potential Cox relationship this could potentially give TiVo access to more than 64 million subscribers. That’s a lot of monkeys to sell bananas to.
It would seem logical to replicate the Comcast/TiVo technology with other cable providers providing additional licensing revenue for TiVo.
To my knowledge no public information has come out on a Cox/TiVo partnership yet, but it sounds like it just may be a matter of time before you see a Cox/TiVo deal — as they say in the TV business, you may just need to stay tuned for their next episode.
From Wikipedia on Cox Enterprises: “Cox Enterprises is the successor to the publishing company founded in Dayton, Ohio, by James Middleton Cox, who began with the Dayton Daily News. The company is private, 98% controlled by the octogenarian daughters of Cox, Barbara Cox Anthony and Anne Cox Chambers, two of the richest women in America, worth $10.3 billion each according to Forbes Magazine. The CEO is Anthony’s son, James C. Kennedy.
The company, now headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, continues to publish the Dayton Daily News as well as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and fifteen other daily newspapers. It also publishes thirty non-daily papers, including The Western Star, Ohio’s oldest weekly newspaper. The company owns fifteen television stations including WSB-TV, the Atlanta affiliate of ABC, 81 radio stations including WSB-AM, and a large cable television enterprise.”