Doesn't sound like Shaw Direct. The TiVo CEO Tom Rogers was talking about CableCARD which applies only to cable TV, not satellite.
It sounds like the issue is that the HD versions of TiVo rely on CableCARD to interface with the cable company head-end to decrypt HD signals and Canadian cablecos don't use CableCARDs for third-party devices.
Here's the bottom line:
Don’t expect anything soon, however. When asked for a timeline, Rogers simply said he has nothing to offer “near-term.”
I saw the CableCard bit, but was wondering if it was possible that perhaps SD was turning to TiVO to build the box and they just put their "tuner" (for simplification purposes) into it.
If they took this approach, TiVO gets a locked in audience, and SD gets someone else to look after their DVRs and the possibility of expansion in subs if SD is the only place in Canada to get TiVO.
As for "Don’t expect anything soon", isn't that SD's motto which makes it all the more possible?
My suspicion is TiVo is talking to all of the BDUs to see if any of them will license TiVo's IP. (Perhaps with some threats of patent lawsuits.) And it's funny, the whole reason CableCard exists in the US and not in Canada is regulatory; technology had nothing to do with it. (There's a reason HDTVs don't have CableCARD slots anymore...)
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