From the Cable Show this morning, TiVo announced plans to offer cable companies partner-branded versions of their existing mobile apps. Beyond potential integration with TiVo hardware and services, the apps can also optionally tie into operator billing and account management. Atlantic Broadband, with ~250,000 customers, is the first taker and their “powered by TiVo” app is expected this fall. Unfortunately, what may not be expected this fall is Android support for the TiVo Stream. From the press release:
Finally, when paired with a TiVo Stream and an iOS device, users can stream content within the home network and side-load recordings to take on the road.
Back at CES, TiVo indicated Android support is on docket for 2013, yet TiVo partner RCN is managing subscriber expectations with a note that it’s “coming, but not anytime soon.” As the new owner of a Galaxy Note 2 (and soon-to-be-former owner of a Kindle Fire HD), I remain disappointed in TiVo’s de-emphasis of the Android platform.