2008 CABLE SHOW: TiVo SDV Adapters Ready For Testing
Cisco Systems and Motorola have submitted adapters that let TiVos and other devices access switched digital video channels to CableLabs for qualification testing, but exactly when they’ll be available from operators remains unclear.
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association and TiVo said both adapters worked in informal interoperability tests with TiVo HD digital video recorders.
But pending CableLabs approval, the NCTA will say only that the SDV adapters will be available “in the coming months.” Originally, the group said the devices would be available by mid-2008.
Nor is it clear whether operators will charge for the TiVo SDV units. “The [operators] will have to address that question,” NCTA vice president of communications Brian Dietz said.